An English woman, whose sick infant daughter died after her mother left her alone for nine hours to drink and have sex with a man she had just met, has avoided jail.
The Mirror reports that Yvonne Adkins, a 32-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, England, left her 3-month-old daughter alone in a baby rocker, even though the girl suffered from a host of health problems, including reflux and vomiting.
A man known only as Peter, whom Adkins met at a bus stop two weeks earlier, came to her house. The two went upstairs at approximately 10 p.m. They drank whiskey and had sex before falling asleep.
The negligent mother woke up on the morning of May 8, 2014, and discovered that her baby was not breathing just after 7 a.m.
Paramedics arrived on the scene but pronounced the infant dead at 8:05 a.m.
Examiners ruled that the girl died from a “sudden and unexpected death in infancy.”
However, an investigation began after paramedics noticed that the baby was wearing only a tracksuit and did not have a blanket, and there was no other indication that she had been prepared for bed, notes the Daily Mail.
Adkins initially told the court that the baby had been sleeping in a bassinet at the foot of her bed, but she later changed her story and confessed to leaving her young daughter downstairs for the night.
Adkins pleaded guilty to child cruelty, and the court gave her 18 months of a suspended sentence.
"Your desire to engage in some sexual activity with someone you hardly knew resulted in you leaving your child downstairs when you knew it was not appropriate to do that,” Judge David Fletcher told her.
According to the woman’s defense attorney, the situation itself is punishment enough for Adkins.
“She was reckless in her attention towards the child,” defense attorney Nicola Bell said. “She prioritized herself momentarily over the child with devastating consequences. This is a mother who has lost a child. She deals with that on a daily basis."