Mother who allegedly left child in car was selling drugs

By Melissa Nightingale -
The woman pleaded guilty to selling cannabis and driving while suspended. Photo / Wanganui Chronicle
The woman pleaded guilty to selling cannabis and driving while suspended. Photo / Wanganui Chronicle

A Whanganui mother who allegedly left her 1-year-old child locked in a car overnight has pleaded guilty to selling cannabis and driving while suspended.

In the Whanganui District Court this morning, Judge David Cameron granted the 30-year-old woman interim name suppression until her next appearance on February 9.

No plea was entered to leaving baby in the car but, through her lawyer Peter Brosnahan, she pleaded guilty to selling cannabis and driving while suspended. Not guilty pleas were entered to a further charge of leaving a child aged under 14 unsupervised and supplying methamphetamine

It is alleged the woman was found beside a locked car, intoxicated. Police took her away to prevent her driving, but it is claimed she did not tell them the baby was in the vehicle.

It is understood the child was not harmed by the alleged incident.

A charging document stated the woman failed to provide the necessities of life by leaving the child "in a vehicle untended overnight in a public place" and said this was "a major departure from the standard of care expected of a reasonable person".

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