A NORTH Devon couple have admitted neglecting their one-year-old daughter to such an extent she fell and fractured her arm and then did not receive immediate medical attention.
The parents of three, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with three offences of child neglect.
The offences against their one-year-old daughter, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, dated between September 5 and 8 2012.
The 27-year-old mother was charged with two counts of child neglect while the 31-year-old father was charged with one count of neglect, all of which they admitted.
Lynsey Baker, for the prosecution, said: “This is a short-term case of neglect of their daughter, who was 12-months-old at the time.
“Social services had been involved prior to this case and warned the mother not to leave the child.
“The older sisters were two and three-years-old at the time.
“The child was propped up on the sofa with the sisters in the room while their mother went into another room.
“The child fell off the sofa fracturing her arm. The parents also failed to seek immediate medical treatment.”
Ms Baker advised pre-sentence reports should be carried out on the case and confirmed all three children had been removed from the parents’ care and were due to be adopted.
Nigel Treseyden, for the defence, added: “There are social and mental health issues involved which need to be investigated, which a report would be needed for.”
Sentencing has been adjourned until October 11 for pre-sentence reports to be carried out by the probation service.