Friday, November 04, 2016

A Mum has been convicted of neglect after 4 year old son sets himself on fire while she was at the shop

Ballymena Magistrate Court
Leaving a 4 year old child unsupervised, all alone at home is a no, no. Some mums even lock sleeping kids in while they go out, see, it's better to go through the stress and inconveniences with your kids than hear stories that break the heart.
A four-year-old boy set himself on fire after after his mum left him home alone while she went to the shops.
The boy ran out of the house on fire after spraying an aerosol can near a candle and
had to be put out by strangers.
Leanne Carson, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, was convicted to causing cruelty to a person under 16 by magistrates.
Belfast Live reports the boy spent a number of weeks in hospital suffering from burns following the incident on November 16, 2012.
A pre-sentence report will now be prepared on Carson - who is schizophrenic - and sentencing was adjourned until December.
Prosecutor Joseph Murphy said around 2.30pm on November 16, 2012, people driving along saw the the boy on fire.
While police and an ambulance were contacted, a man went to Carson's home at nearby Brooke Park where he heard "loud music blasting" out the back door which was unlocked along with an open back garden gate.
He could smell a toxic burning smell and after turning off a stereo in the kitchen he saw a tea light candle and aerosol.
Carson said she had only left her son for a few minutes to go the shop thinking he was sleeping.
She was arrested and told police she had taken her son to a speech therapist earlier that day before returning home and lighting a candle.
Whilst her son was lying watching television and was sleeping and she decided to go to the shop and closed the door behind her.
Mr Murphy said although there is no direct evidence it appears the boy sprayed the flyspray aerosol near the candle setting him on fire and he was found on the nearby Larne Road.
His mother was at a nearby shop and CCTV showed she was there for 18 minutes and would have taken a couple of minutes to get there.

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