Woman who left children alone escapes jail term



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A Polish national who admitted leaving her three young children home alone overnight narrowly escaped being sent to jail on Thursday.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard that when the children were taken from their Belfast home by social workers, the eldest told them she had “been brave” in helping to look after her younger siblings after they were left alone by their mother. The children are now in foster care. The 25-year-old, who cannot be named, was given a six-month prison sentence suspended for three years.

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