A single mother was branded Britain's worst parent today after she left her four children home alone - so she could go on a 24-hour drinking binge
The 22-year-old woman knocked back a bottle of wine before leaving home for the drink-fuelled tour of town centre bars and house parties.
The alarm was only raised when her eldest daughter was spotted hanging out of the window sobbing: 'Where's mummy?'
A worried relative broke into the house and found inside a one-year-old boy soaked in urine
in his cot in a bedroom on his own.
A three-year-old girl
had managed to dress herself and the most upset was the oldest girl.
The four-year-old had attempted to mix a feed for the youngest child, aged just three months, who was crying with hunger.
The youngest baby was in a travel cot with no blanket and was wet through and wearing a soiled nappy.
There was dried milk and sick all over his clothing.
He was said to be grey, docile and his forehead 'sunken'
One sickened policewoman who examined the house said: 'It was a scene of filth and disorder.'
Kitchen chairs had been pushed up to the units and there were children's footprints in the milk powder where the youngsters had tried to climb up to the cupboards.
Today the mother, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, was warned by a judge she faced jail after she admitted four charges of child neglect.
Her case was adjourned at Preston Crown Court whilst a report by social services is prepared.
The children are now in care and the mother is only allowed supervised access.
No facts were opened at the court but at an earlier hearing at Blackburn Magistrates Court Miss Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the incident occurred in July after the mother put the children to bed and then drank a bottle of wine.
A group of strangers came to the house
and they were all drinking and snorting cocaine. eh?? 'strangers'??
She then left with them and went to another house for more drink and drugs before going drinking in a town centre.
The mother-of-four went drinking the following day and didn't return to her home until 10.30pm.
'The children had been trying to gain access to the cupboards because they were hungry,' said Miss Allan.
'They had no access to food or drink. The eldest, who was just four years old, was trying to look after her baby brother and the other siblings.'
All four children were subsequently taken to hospital.
Lawyers for the mum said she was a woman who had 'fallen into bad company' and needed help
. not heard that one before