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Darwen mum, 21, on child neglect charge
2:10pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A MOTHER has been charged with child neglect after police discovered her four-year-old son lying on the floor suffering from breathing difficulties and fitting.
Officers said they had attended the house on an unrelated enquiry when they discovered the youngster in the house.
He was immediately taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment where he is said to be making a good recovery.
After the arrest Chief Superintendent Bob Eastwood tweeted: “Distressing case over the weekend when cops rescued a child. Recovering in hospital and parent in court neglect.”
Neighbours said a large number of animals were kept inside, including dogs and ferrets.
The 21-year-old mum, who has not been named, was arrested and later charged by police.
DI Claire Holbrook said: “The child is, thankfully, recovering extremely well in the care of specialist staff at the hospital.
“No matter how long you work within this environment, cases like these will still upset even the most hardened of detectives and we are all very grateful that this child appears to be on the road to a full recovery.”
A police spokesman said: “At around 2.30pm on Saturday police officers attended an address in Dove Lane, Darwen, and found inside the premises a four-year-old boy lying on the floor of the downstairs living room. He appeared to be suffering from breathing difficulties and fitting.
“The boy was taken by ambulance to Royal Blackburn Hospital where he is now thankfully recovering.
“The child’s mother, 21, was arrested at the scene. She has been charged with child neglect contrary to the Children and Young Person’s Act 1933 and bailed to a separate address to appear at Blackburn Magistrates on October 25.”
Yesterday neighbours of the woman said their thoughts were with the boy and they wished him a speedy recovery.