Woman, 30, left four-year-old child alone in an unlocked flat for up to NINE while drinking with friend, court hears
- Natalie Bell, 30, has left a four-year-old child in her unsealed flat in her care
- She continued to binge drink in a friend’s flat in Oldham and was found dumbfounded
- The Manchester court heard that she had been arrested after becoming aggressive
- Bell admitted that children had been neglected and was ordered to treat her alcohol problems
A woman has left a child in her care in her unlocked flat for nine hours while drinking in her friend’s flat, a court has heard.
Natalie Bell, 30, was responsible for a four-year-old child in January when she left her alone in her home in Shaw, Greater Manchester, to start drinking.
The Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Bell was found asleep by the police and firefighters in a drunken anesthetic in Colette Smith’s flat in Oldham.
Emergency services had received a report of a leak in the condo below, but found that Bell had run the sink – causing water to run down the floor.
After Bell was woken up, she became aggressive and was arrested. Police found the child, who cannot be named by name for legal reasons, unharmed in Bell’s property, but noted that the door was unlocked the entire time.
Bell appeared in court after admitting that children had been neglected. She was ordered by a judge to complete an 18-month community assignment, 100 hours of unpaid work, and a nine-month alcohol treatment program.
Natalie Bell, 30, was responsible for a four-year-old child in January when she left her alone in her home in Shaw, Greater Manchester, to drink
Natalie Bell outside Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court
Lisa Boocock continued, CCTV said Bell left her flat in Shaw at 10 p.m. on January 29 last year to see Smith, 33, in Oldham.
Between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., the lawyer told the court that “the suspect was absent from the child during that time and the front door of her own flat had been unlocked.”
“There are very short periods when the defendant returns to her flat, but sometimes she only goes to the door very briefly,” said Mrs. Boocock.
The faucet in the other flat had run, but the two women were extremely intoxicated and fell asleep on a bed.
The water had soaked through the ceiling and was leaking into the flats below. The fire brigade entered and found the two intoxicated women.
They originally thought they were dead because they were cold. When Miss Smith awoke, he remained calm, but this defendant reacted differently.
She was aggressive towards the rescuers and yelled at them and was insulting for a long time.
She struggled with police officers and needed handcuffs.
Bell appeared in court after admitting that children had been neglected. She was ordered to complete an 18-month community warrant, 100 hours of unpaid work, and a nine-month alcohol treatment program
Both women have been arrested. The defendant accepted what she had done – that she left the child and then got drunk.
“Both tried to blame the other for starting this.”
Bell had no previous convictions. Her attorney Ian Ridgeway said, “Drinking is the problem, and she’s easy to manage. She has moved from Oldham to Bolton and ever since moving to that location she has loved the people who influence her. ‘
Judge Maurice Greene told Bell, “It seems that when you are around certain people you drink excessively and that is what happened in this particular incident.
This child was left alone for nine hours and the child could have come out when the door was unlocked. You weren’t there to protect the child you were meant to protect.
“It was your responsibility, and you didn’t meet that responsibility.”
Smith, of Oldham, was convicted of neglect at a previous hearing. She was ordered to complete an 18-month community assignment, do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay a victim allowance of £ 90.