Baby dies in cot while mum has boozey nine-hour sex session with bloke from bus stop
A mother who left her sick, three-month-old baby alone to die while she had a whiskey fuelled sex marathon with a man she met at a bus stop has avoided jail.
32-year-old Yvonne Adkins left her baby Chantelle, who suffered with reflux and vomiting, in a rocker in the downstairs lounge uncovered and dressed only in a tracksuit for nine hours.
Little Chantelle suffered numerous health problems since birth and was due to see a consultant the following month.
The court heard that Adkins met a man known only as Peter at a bus stop two weeks earlier and the two had gone to her home in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, for a boozy sex session.
The next morning she awoke to find her baby dead in the rocker.
Adkins pleaded guilty to cruelty of a child at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday, but 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."
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."
Nicola Bell, defending, said the defendant, who has no previous convictions, was not a mother who 'consciously and consistently ignored the needs of her young child.'
She added: "She was reckless in her attention towards the child.
"She prioritised 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."