WINNIPEG -- A city mom was high on ecstasy when she abandoned her three-year-old son in a ditch and walked away, court heard Monday.
"It was a very dangerous situation ... with significant risk to the child," said Crown attorney Kathleen Tokaruk, who recommended the 23-year-old accused be sentenced to between six and eight months in jail.
Police arrested the woman July 6 after witnesses saw her abandon her son's stroller in a ditch near the intersection of Gateway Road and Springfield Road around 2 p.m.
Court heard the woman walked to her father's home and asked him to pick up her son from her aunt's house, not realizing she had already done so.
When questioned by police, the woman said "she had no idea where her son was and (showed) no concern for his well-being," Tokaruk told court.
Defence lawyer Barry Sinder said the woman left her son with an aunt and made the "bad decision" to go out with friends and take ecstasy. She was still under the influence of the drug when she returned and picked up her son.
Sinder said the woman's mother was murdered when she was eight years old and as a teenager she turned to drugs to numb her grief. Later, overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a single mother, she became addicted to Oxycontin.
"She is very remorseful not only of her actions, but her lifestyle, which caused her to act this way," Sinder said.
Tokaruk recommended the woman serve an additional two years supervised probation, during which time she abstain from alcohol and drugs, and have no unsupervised contact with children under 12 years of age.
Judge Wanda Garreck adjourned sentencing to Oct. 3.