A UK mother has been jailed after she left her three children home alone for a week to travel to Spain for a bodybuilding competition.

The 37-year-old left her six and eight-year-old children in the care of their 16-year old brother.

Social services were alerted after the youngest child told teachers they were alone, The Sun reported.

The single mother was contacted, but refused to return home and instead tried to get a woman who had been probed for child sex abuse to care for them, Liverpool court heard.

The prosecutor told the court the mother had lied about trying to get a friend to look after the children and had forged emails to cover it up.

The mother pleaded guilty to two offences of child neglect and was jailed for 12 months.

“You showed quite persistent failure to perform your parental duties and a breach of the trust, and you then covered it up,” Judge Robert Trevor-Jones told the court.

“You were asked to come home at the earliest opportunity but you declined and remained until the expiry of that week.”

Last year you may recall the story of a Woman who left her two young step-children home alone in Perth while she went overseas – Read more here.

Related – Why did this mum leave her two year old home alone for seven hours?

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  • Seriously what was she thinking?! Poor kids


  • I am shocked and also saddened that a mother would leave her children for any reason to travel overseas and leave them behind without parental care.


  • A Nother that does that does not deserve to have care of children at all. Putting it very diplomatically it is child neglect. If she had to leave them because of a genuine emergency she should have made arrangements for somebody to car for her children. She needs to get her priorities right.


  • Leaving them with a 16 year old for a day and/or one night is okay – providing the 16 year old is mature enough to handle the responsibility – but for a whole week …. I don’t think so!


  • A 16 year old is fine to babysit for a few hours. But no way should that sort of burden be put on the for a whole week.


  • Yes, but this mum didn’t go away for one night but for a hole week. :-(


  • I can imagine some people leaving their kids alone with a 16yr old for an afternoon or evening, but not overnight, while staying on call in case of emergencies. Indeed depending on maturity. Personally I’ve never done that, but I remember when I was a young my eldest sister sometimes looked after us, while mum and dad had something on. There are many teenagers baby sitting for some pocket money, is that so much different ?


  • Definitely not good parenting. a 16 year old is not an adult.


  • If l was asked at sixteen to look after my younger brothers and sister’s then yes l could do it,it depends on how mature a sixteen year old is!


  • Hard to know if this is right – some 16 year olds would be quite capable.


  • Unbelievable. Leaving a 16-years old in charge seems quite a lot to ask.
    But send her to prison for a year? And who takes care of the kids meanwhile? It seems quite a contradictory sentence.


  • The penalty seems harsh, but she did do the wrong thing.


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