A mother who left her three-year-old daughter alone at home while she went to the mainland to enjoy herself was given a suspended prison sentence yesterday. Magistrate Li Wai-chi told beer saleswoman Leung Mei-ling, 26, that no one opposed her having fun but she should first ensure that there was someone looking after her daughter. Sha Tin Court heard that Leung left her home in Lek Yuen Estate, Sha Tin, for work on the evening of June 14, when her husband was working overnight. After finishing work that night she drank with her customers, went to a disco, and then travelled to the mainland for a massage, not returning to Hong Kong until the following day. Her husband returned home that morning but could not get in because he had forgotten his key. The girl was found alone in the flat when firemen broke the door down. Leung surrendered to police on June 17. She admitted that she had left her daughter alone. She appeared for sentence yesterday having pleaded guilty earlier to one count of ill treatment or neglect of a child. Her lawyer told the court Leung was 'a bit playful', but during two weeks in custody 'had reflected on her selfish and irresponsible behaviour', and decided to 'face the incident responsibly'. Her husband submitted a mitigation letter to the court, saying Leung had been distressed by debts and family difficulties. But the magistrate criticised her for her negligence. 'You can't just ignore others' life and death. Leaving a three-year-old girl alone at home is very dangerous,' he said, handing down a two-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.