Saturday 23 September 2017

Mum charged with neglect after child killed in crash

Ailbhe Gillespie

A WOMAN whose daughter died in a serious car crash has been charged with two counts of child neglect in connection with the crash.

Michelle Logan's nine-year-old daughter died after Michelle's friend, Mary Carberry, got drunk and drove her BMW car from Kildare to Longford. Her son was also seriously injured in the crash and had to undergo seven months of intensive physical rehabilitation afterwards. Carberry's six-year-old daughter also died in the crash on July 26, 2007, while another of her daughter's was seriously injured

Yesterday Ms Logan, of 7 Chamber's Park, Kilcock, Co Kildare, was charged at Longford District Court with neglecting her deceased daughter as well as her son.

The defendant's solicitor told the court that his client was now under psychiatric care. She has not entered a plea in the case yet. Ms Logan's child is currently being cared for by her sister.

The court heard in evidence how Ms Logan met Carberry, of 18 Ryebridge Avenue, Kilcock, outside the school. They collected their children and went to the pub around 2.15pm and began drinking.

"Later that evening the two ladies and their four children got into a car and headed towards Longford where they went into a local hotel in Edgeworthstown and more alcohol was consumed," Garda Patrick Godfrey told the court.

"They went on driving when the unfortunate accident happened on the Old Dublin Road in Edgeworthstown."

"The essence of the charge is that Ms Logan was in charge of her children while drunk," he said. "She neglected her nine- and four-year-old children in a manner likely to seriously affect their well-being.

The incident began at 2.15pm and they drank on and off until 9.30pm when the accident happened."

In October last year, Carberry was sentenced to four years imprisonment after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of her daughter and Ms Logan's daughter.

Judge John Neilan ordered a medical report on Ms Logan and her son and a victim impact report. He adjourned the case until May 4.

Irish Independent

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