What a stupid thing for this woman to do
Mum takes kids for picnic on main road
By Christine Flatley
July 29, 2009 11:43am
- Mum takes sons to suburban McDonald's
- Takes them halfway across busy road to eat
- Blames Valium for putting her kids in danger
A MOTHER was doped up on Valium when she allowed her young children to sit and eat fast food in the middle of a busy road, a court has been told.
The 32-year-old woman, who cannot be named, took her boys, aged one and four, out for McDonald's on November 11 last year, the Brisbane District Court has heard.
The court was told the mother bought the children food then led them halfway across a busy road at Calamvale in Brisbane's south.
She sat down to eat with the children on the median strip, causing concerned McDonald's staff to call the police.
The woman, who has been on a methadone program since 1995, told police she had taken Valium before their outing.
She said she did not know why the drug, which she took every day, had adversely affected her on that occasion and caused her to put the children in danger.
She pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering the life of a child. Both children now live with their father.
Judge Keith Dodds adjourned sentencing until next week so that prosecutors can provide further material about the woman's criminal history.