Jail for bad mom after leaving kids in squalor while she got high

The Ottawa Courthouse on Elgin St. is pictured in this file photo. (QMI Agency Files)

The Ottawa Courthouse on Elgin St. is pictured in this file photo. (QMI Agency Files)

Tony Spears, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

OTTAWA — A drug-abusing mom who left her excrement-covered children alone in the squalor of their filthy apartment while she got high is unreformed and a danger to her kids, a judge found Tuesday.

The woman, who cannot be named, "poses and continues to pose a risk to children if they are returned to her," Judge Peter Wright said, handing her five months in jail.

A neighbour found the three tots — aged six months to three years old — covered in excrement in a home littered with filth after seeing the eldest standing naked at a window in March 2013.

Court heard the woman had been kicked out of a co-ed treatment facility for fraternizing with another druggie and then gave an interview to the author of a pre-sentence report "in which she is dishonest ... with respect to her continued drug use," Wright said.

A hair sample subsequently tested positive for cocaine, which she denied.


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