Mother who left her two sons while she went clubbing avoids jail

Mother who left her two sons while she went clubbing avoids jail

February 15, 2019

Mother who left her sons aged two and four asleep on a sofa with no duvet in a living room strewn with dirty nappies while she got drunk in a nightclub avoids jail for neglect

Kylie Taylor, 31, left her two boys asleep on the living room sofa, which had dirty nappies strewn across the floor while she went out. Pictured: Taylor arriving at Bolton Crown Court

A mother who left her four and two-year-old sons asleep on the sofa with no duvet cover while she went out clubbing has avoided jailed.

Kylie Taylor, 31, left her two boys asleep on the living room sofa, which had dirty nappies strewn across the floor while she went out, Bolton Crown Court heard.

Taylor banged on the neighbour’s door shortly after 3am and asked them to call a taxi for her on May 8, 2017.

The taxi arrived but the neighbour phoned police after they became concerned the children might be home alone.

Taylor was tracked down to McCauley’s nightclub in Bradshawgate just before 4am.

Mr Fryman, prosecuting, said Taylor was ‘described as intoxicated and somewhat unhelpful’.

She told police her children were with her partner or at her mother’s home in Farnworth, but checks revealed she was lying.

When police arrived at the home shortly before 5am they found the two boys home alone and asleep. 

Broken objects were littered across the floor, there was no food in the kitchen and the toilet was overflowing.


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Five minutes later, Taylor’s partner, Dylan Fahy, arrived at the property and said he had left Taylor looking after the children.   

Both parents were arrested but charges against Fahy were not proceeded with and allowed to lie on file. Taylor pleaded guilty to child neglect.

She told police she and Fahy had argued and she left the house thinking he was upstairs. 

Taylor was tracked down to McCauley’s nightclub (pictured) in Bradshawgate just before 4am

Police were told the house was in a mess because she had an abortion just a week earlier. 

Virginia Hayton, defending, told the court the children no longer live with Taylor but that she harbours hopes of one day being reunited with them. Her relationship with Fahy has also ended.

Miss Hayton added criminal proceedings had been a ‘wake of call’ for Taylor, who she said no longer drinks of takes illegal drugs. 

Ms Hayton said: ‘Her main focus has been securing the welfare of the children.

‘She wants to show the children she can be a good mother. She is remorseful.

‘She knows she let the children down on this occasion. Thankfully, there was no physical harm.’

Judge Graeme Smith sentenced Taylor to a community order for 12 months with conditions that she undertakes 60 hours of unpaid work and participates in 15 days of rehabilitation activities.

He told her: ‘Being a parent is an enormous responsibility.

‘Very small areas of neglect can lead to devastating consequences.

‘Having failed to carry out the responsibility of being a parent, you have lost that privilege.’

He added that although it was a ‘reckless and foolish action’ to go out without checking on the welfare of the children, they had not been physically harmed. 

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