Mother who left drug kit out gets probation

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 August, 2007, 12:00am

A drug addict mother was placed on 24 months probation yesterday for child abuse after her two-year-old son tasted a straw containing the drug Ice that she had left at home. The court heard that the toddler had picked up the straw and tried to imitate his mother on June 7. He was unharmed but spent a week in hospital before being placed with a social organisation. The mother, 26, pleaded guilty to child abuse in Tuen Mun Court. Magistrate Kwok Wai-kin found that heavy drug use had limited the mother's ability to take care of her son, but showed leniency as she had vowed to quit the habit.