Supervision order after child found wandering barefoot

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
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A WOMAN who was found slumped drunk and unconscious in her Wallyford home when she should have been looking after a toddler has been placed under supervision.

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

The child 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 on December 30, 2013.

Duffy, of Wemyss Gardens, Wallyford, was subsequently found passed out, lying on a couch in her home, by police officers.

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

Drunk 28-year-old Duffy was found by officers sleeping in a bed in her home alongside fiancé Ian Lugton.

Duffy was sentenced for the first offence in July last year, when she was handed 150 hours of unpaid work in the community, but she broke the order and was forced to return to the dock on Tuesday. Sheriff Peter Braid decided to issue a six-month offenders’ supervision order after the unpaid work order was revoked earlier this year.

Solicitor Robert Lowe said “the situation with the child is now under control” and Duffy will return to court for a review and to be sentenced for the second offence on March 9 next year.

Duffy had previously admitted to wilful neglect 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 resisting arrest and struggling violently with two police officers.

The second charge saw Duffy also admit to wilfully abandoning and exposing a child under their supervision while drunk and of being incapable of looking after him on February 15 last year.