A shameless mum who left her sick baby to die while she had sex and got drunk upstairs with a man she barely knew has avoided jail. Yvonne Adkins, 32, left three-month-old Chantelle lying in her baby rocker as she had a boozy nine hour sex session with a man she met a bus stop just two weeks earlier.
A court heard she swigged whisky before romping with her lover - known only as Peter - while her poorly daughter was downstairs at her home in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent. She awoke the next morning on May 8 to find her baby dead in her rocker in the lounge, dressed only in a tracksuit with no blanket or bed clothes.
The heartless mum pleaded guilty to cruelty of a child at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday [Aug 11].
But she was spared jail after being given 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, with 18 months supervision.
Judge David Fletcher said: "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. You made a catastrophic decision that you will have to live with for the rest of your life."
The court heard Chantelle had suffered numerous health problems since she was born in January last year and was due to see a consultant the following month.
The court heard Adkins went upstairs with Peter and left her baby alone for nine hours even though she suffered from reflux and vomiting. Prosecutor Andrew Easteal told the court: "Chantelle was placed in a baby rocker on the floor in the living room between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on May 7.
"A man called Peter arrived at 8.45pm. He was someone she became acquainted with at a bus stop two weeks prior. "At 10pm the defendant and Peter went upstairs. "The two had sexual intercourse and drank whisky and she fell asleep. "The defendant was well aware her three-month-old daughter suffered from reflux and vomiting and other complications.
"Chantelle was due to see a consultant on June 15."
The court heard Adkins's lover got up and went to work at 5am while the defendant fell back to sleep. She started sending texts at 7.13am and at 7.27am discovered her daughter was cold and not breathing. Paramedics were called but were unable to resuscitate the child and Chantelle was pronounced dead at 8.05am. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a "sudden and unexpected death in infancy".