A mother abandoned her three children in 'vile' conditions so she could go clubbing with friends.
Although Laura Palmer, 26, spent a lot of money on hair extensions, false nails, expensive make-up, stylish clothes and drinks, her children lived in squalor, a court heard.
Concerned neighbours called police after the children, aged three, four and seven, were spotted outside running around naked and covered in faeces by a busy road
in Hull, East Yorkshire.
When officers attended the house, they found a drunken Palmer hiding in the garden sheds - still dressed in her clubbing gear.
Social worker Jacqueline Feeney told Hull Crown Court of the appalling condition of the house in Jendale, Sutton, east Hull.
The home was covered in excrement, rubbish and decaying food. Mattresses had no covers on them and the bath was full of rubbish
The court heard last Friday how Palmer left the children on June 13 last year at 11.30pm after putting them to bed to go out drinking.
She claimed she had fallen asleep on her friend's sofa and returned home the following morning to find the police there.
In the meantime, her children had climbed out of a window and were spotted running around naked in Newtondale and Marsdale, Sutton.
At 9.30am, police received numerous calls from members of the public.
Palmer told the police: 'I have never done it before. I'm devastated. There is no excuse.
'I just lost the plot and gave up on the house. Everything was a total tip. I was expecting to be rehoused.'
Palmer was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and a 12-month supervision order.