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Mother left baby out in sub-zero conditions

An Irish mother who left her three-month-old baby outdoors “in the depths of winter” in sub-zero temperatures avoided jail yesterday.

The 38-year-old woman left the child crying hysterically in a buggy outside her home while she remained inside the house in a “highly intoxicated state”.

The woman, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the child, pleaded guilty at Dublin Central Criminal Court to neglecting her child on January 7, 2009, outside her home.

Garda Rory O'Mara told the court: “The child was outside in a buggy, fully clothed with a blanket on. The temperature outside was well below freezing.”

Garda O'Mara said he heard the accused shouting “I don't want that baby, it's not my baby” from inside the house.

He agreed with defence counsel Patrick Marrinan that the woman's partner had had a seizure earlier in the evening and the woman said she could not “cope with her partner's seizure and the baby crying”.

The court also heard that the woman and her partner had been drinking earlier that day in a pub.

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“She has limited intellectual ability and her IQ is 58,” Mr Marrinan said.

The court was told that the woman’s children are now under close supervision from social services.

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