A drunk mother whose seven-week old daughter died as she fell asleep holding her on a sofa has walked free from court.
Stacey Atkinson, 30, admitted wilfully neglecting Chloe Atkinson Wilkie, causing unnecessary suffering or injury to health, at Liverpool Crown Court. The baby was slept on by her mum.
The BBC reports that Judge Andrew Menary QC said society demanded a prison sentence was imposed, but it would be suspended.
He sentenced Atkinson, of St Helens, to 12 months, suspended for 12 months. This means she would only be committed that she is under threat of imprisonment for any slight offence.
Judge Menary is quoted as telling the accused: "You have suffered a terrible punishment with the reality of what you did.
I have no doubt you're truly remorseful for what you have done and have learned from this bitter experience.
The authorities have investigated this matter and are perfectly satisfied you and your partner in all other respects are loving, caring and perfectly capable parents."
The court was told that Atkinson, of Harris Street, found the baby apparently lifeless when she woke three hours after falling asleep, having drunk half a bottle of vodka.
The lawyer for the accused siad that her client will live with the guilt forever.
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