Woman, 24, admits leaving one-year-old to drown in a bath while she spent 45 minutes drinking with a neighbour
Emergency services were called to a house in September last year after the boy was found lifeless
Danielle Reeves, 24, from Caterham, Surrey accepted she consumed some wine but said she 'wasn't drunk'
A woman has admitted letting a toddler drown in a bath by leaving him alone while she had a 45-minute drink with a friend.
Danielle Reeves, 24, had been looking after the one-year-old boy at a house in Surrey.
She admitted a charge of manslaughter after dramatically changing her plea when she appeared before a judge at Guildford Crown Court.
Her voice trembled as she stated 'guilty' after her barrister had asked for the charge to be put to her again.
The judge ordered reports to be compiled on Reeves by the Probation Service and a psychiatrist before he sentences her later this summer.
Emergency services were called to a house in September last year after the boy was found lifeless in the water.
Police arrested the defendant amid suspicions she had been drinking at the time.
She initially denied the allegations against her but admitted she was to blame when she appeared in the dock.
Judge Christopher Critchlow was briefly told that Reeves was making her admission on the basis that she had left the youngster for around three-quarters of an hour and had been talking to a neighbour and that the boy was just out of sight.
She also accepted she consumed some wine but 'wasn’t drunk.'
The guilt was on the basis of 'gross negligence,' the court was told.
Aisling Byrnes, defending, asked for sentencing to be adjourned and urged Judge Critchlow to release her client on bail again in the meantime.
'consumed some wine but 'wasn’t drunk.'.
"making her admission on the basis that she had left the youngster for around three-quarters of an hour ... and that the boy was just out of sight."
One occasion. Not every night for a week, for hours on end.
But ADMITTED she was to blame.
Therein lies the difference!
Admission, plea of "Guilty" in open court, regret, remorse, mitigation, asking for understanding and ultimately for forgiveness for a mistake.
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