Fine after kids left alone

A MOTHER has been fined for leaving three of her four young children unattended in Leslie Park and at Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre.

The woman - who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children - appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court this week to face charges related to the incident.

The court heard the three young children - aged 11, nine and seven - were denied entry to WIRAC on the morning of December 10 because they were not accompanied by an adult. Staff later called the police to handle the situation while the children waited outside.

The centre has had to take a strict approach to unattended children after it became apparent that a number of parents were dropping their young children off and using it as a day care facility in the holidays.

The court heard the children told officers their mother had dropped them off at WIRAC that morning because she was going shopping and didn't want them with her.

Defence solicitor Phillip Crook told the court his client had dropped the children at the park with instructions not to go inside WIRAC until she returned.

Mr Crook also said the children did not want to go to their grandmother's house as she was a "strict disciplinarian".

He added that while the children were dressed in their swimmers at the time of the incident, they were not meant to go to the pool.

The court heard the siblings were alone for about an hour and a half and were observed by staff loitering at the WIRAC entrance before it opened.

Magistrate Graham Lee lectured the Warwick woman on the danger of leaving her children alone.

"It is very serious to leave young people unattended. You just don't know what could happen to them," he said.

The 31-year-old yesterday pleaded guilty to three charges of leaving a child under 12 for an unreasonable time without supervision.

She was fined $400 and no conviction was recorded.


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