A TODDLER was found with cuts all over her head and feet after a woman let her walk through a kitchen of broken glass, a court heard.
Shannon McConnachie-Broderic did nothing to clear up the trail of blood that police followed to find the tot.
The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was rushed to hospital after she was found covered in blood, as McConnachie-Broderic continued drinking with a pal.
Guildford Crown Court heard that she took a bottle of vodka to a friend’s house, and when she arrived at the house the pair went on an all-afternoon drinking binge.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and found the toddler, who had been sitting alone on a kitchen worktop, with a number of small lacerations to her head and a severe cut in her left foot as well as scratches along her arms.
Judge Robert Fraser heard that McConnachie-Broderic, of West Byfleet, Surrey, did nothing to help the child or even clear up the blood as she continued drinking with her friend on the afternoon of November 13 last year.
McConnachie-Broderic, who has avoided jail for the incident, has 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.
Prosecutor Naomi Edwards told the court that during the afternoon the pairgot hold of another bottle of vodka to continue drinking.
Ms Edwards said: "The defendant dropped a glass in the kitchen during the course of the afternoon and a child either crawled or walked through the glass.
"It is not known exactly how that came about but when police attended the property there was blood in the kitchen and all over the child.
"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."
The medics rushed the child to hospital where she was successfully treated and discharged.
McConnachie-Broderic, who was arrested at the scene, admitted one count of cruelty to a person under the age of 16 years in an earlier hearing.
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.
Mr Rowe said: "McConnachie-Broderic is devastated to be before the court. The clear fact of this case is that she has a troubling relationship with alcohol which has caused her harm and has put people she loves at risk of harm.
"This is a desperately sad case of a person who has a desperately sad relationship with alcohol but McConnachie-Broderic is not a person without hope.
"Some people need to be told twice, she will not need to be told a third time. She will not be back here again, she wants to be the person she knows she could be."
Judge Fraser told McConnachie-Broderic: "Coming back to the court facing a second charge of child cruelty is something which causes every right-thinking member of society concern.
"The fact is that your behaviour that evening was appalling. The reality of the injuries is it is very sobering, I have little doubt about that. It certainly should be.
"I have to consider the protection of the public."
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.
A tearful 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, who has recently returned to work at a pub after being furloughed during the pandemic, will have to pay £400 of costs to the prosecution.
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