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Woman who let child walk through kitchen full of broken glass avoids jail

Shannon McConnachie-Broderic dropped a glass in a kitchen (Hyde News & Pictures)

A woman who let a toddler walk through a kitchen full of broken glass while having a drunken argument with a friend has avoided jail.

Shannon McConnachie-Broderic, of West Byfleet, Surrey, was given a suspended sentence after admitting one count of cruelty to a person under the age of 16 years at Guildford Crown Court.

She dropped a glass in the kitchen after an afternoon of drinking at a mate’s house on November 13 last year, the court heard.

She had taken a bottle of vodka to the property and the pair went on a drinking binge before arguing, prosecutor Naomi Edwards said. 

She added police discovered the injured child when they were called to the property because of the dispute.

Ms Edwards said: ‘The police attended the address when there was an argument between the defendant and her friend, a Ms Canning.

‘Ms Canning had messaged one of her neighbours requesting him to come over and asked for assistance in removing McConnachie-Broderic from her home.

‘Police found blood by the stairs in the hallway and traced it back to the kitchen and saw the broken glass on the floor and blood on the child.’

Paramedics found the toddler, who had been sitting alone on a kitchen worktop, with several small lacerations to her head and a severe cut in her left foot as well as scratches along her arms.

The child was taken to hospital where she was treated and discharged.

Shannon McConnachie-Broderic has avoided jail (Hyde News & Pictures)

McConnachie-Broderic did nothing to help the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, or even clear up the blood as she continued drinking with her friend, the court heard. 

McConnachie-Broderic was arrested at the scene.

She had previously been convicted of seven separate offences, including being drunk and disorderly and one offence of cruelty to a person under the age of 16 years.

Defence barrister Ben Rowe told the court his client had a troubling relationship with alcohol and had been scarred after a childhood trauma relating to alcohol.

Judge Fraser accepted that McConnachie-Broderic showed genuine remorse for what she had done and had managed to stay away from alcohol since the attack last year.

McConnachie-Broderic was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months.

In addition, she will have to complete 25 days of rehabilitation activity and 180 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. 

She will also have to abstain from alcohol for 120 days.

McConnachie-Broderic will have to pay £400 of costs to the prosecution.

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