Arguing parents fined for neglect of twins (3)
A SEPARATED couple left their three-year-old twins outside in the rain for 20 minutes while they argued over who should mind them.
They were each fined €750 at Galway District Court for neglect yesterday.
The children's mother and father, who cannot be named in order to protect the children's identity, pleaded guilty to the offence.
They left the children outside the mother's former address in Galway on April 23 last year.
The estranged couple were arguing over who should mind the children at the time, and when their father left them on the doorstep and drove off to work, his wife refused to take them in, leaving them outside in the rain for 20 minutes.
The court heard the mother rang the gardai complaining about her husband and only took the children into her house when officers directed her to do so.
The mother also pleaded guilty to neglecting the twins on April 25 when she went shopping with a friend for several hours, leaving them in the care of the friend's daughter (7).
Food had been left for the children and they were told to watch TV while the women went shopping. The friend pleaded guilty to neglecting her daughter on that date by leaving her alone in charge of the twins.
Defence solicitor, Olivia Traynor, said the HSE was now happy the children were being well cared for.
Fining the three accused €750 each, Judge Mary Fahy said what they did was outrageous, serious and wrong. She said she was glad to hear the HSE had no ongoing concern for the children's safety.
The judge said the fact these people now had recorded convictions meant that even if they moved to another area, social services would be made aware of that and could monitor them.