Drunk woman left toddler to wander streets

Emma Duffy. Picture: Comp
Emma Duffy. Picture: Comp
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A DRUNK woman who was found slumped unconscious in her home when she should have been looking after a toddler has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community.

Emma Duffy was caring for the three-year-old boy when he was twice found wandering the streets in the middle of the night.

The tot was first discovered soaking wet and walking barefoot in freezing conditions by a passing dog walker outside the town’s railway station at around 5am last December

Duffy, 27, was subsequently found lying out cold on a couch in her home in Wallyford, East Lothian, by police officers who had made their way to the property.

The boy was then found a second time “cold and shaking” on the town’s main road by a passing motorist at around 4.50am just six weeks later.

Duffy was discovered by officers lying sleeping in a bed in her home alongside fiancé Ian Lugton.

Duffy and Lugton, 34, were both charged with wilfully abandoning and exposing a child under their supervision while drunk and incapable of looking after him on February 15 this year. The pair admitted the charge when they appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court last month.

Duffy also admitted to wilfully neglecting in a manner that caused the boy unnecessary suffering or injury to health by being drunk and incapable of caring for him and failing to supervise him on December 30, 2013.

She also admitted to resisting arrest and struggling violently with two police officers at her home on the same date.

Yesterday Duffy, of Wallyford, East Lothian, was sentenced to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the offence in December last year when she appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court yesterday.

Sentence was deferred on Duffy and fiancé Lugton until November for the second offence which took place in February this year.

Sheriff Peter Braid said: “The potential consequences for the boy does not bear thinking about, and in your case Ms Duffy it is barely credible that after committing the first offence you then committed the second one.”