An Adelaide mother “momentarily” neglected her toddler son when he unknowingly consumed fantasy after she left an open bottle of the illicit drug on her kitchen bench, a court has heard.
- Carly Jane Wren will be sentenced next month
- Her son climbed up on a stool to reach a bottle of fantasy on the kitchen bench
- Wren’s lawyer said she acted in the “best interests of the child” by calling an ambulance
Carly Jane Wren, 35, is awaiting sentencing in the South Australian District Court after pleading guilty to one count of criminal neglect.
The court was told the boy got hold of an open bottle of GHB — commonly known as fantasy — which had been left on a kitchen bench at her Mount Torrens home in June.
Prosecutor Donna Foundas told judge Ian Press that the neglect related to Wren’s failure to keep an eye out for her son, who climbed up on a stool to get the bottle.
“She has turned her attention away from the bottle containing the substance and her son in order to answer her phone,” she said.
Bill Boucaut QC, for Wren, told the court his client did not leave her son unattended in the kitchen but answered the phone in the same room where the incident occurred.
“The neglect was very short-lived,” he said.
He submitted that Wren’s decision to turn away and answer her phone happened “almost instantaneous” to the moment her son climbed on the kitchen bench to grab the drugs.
“It happened very, very quickly and as soon as that was noticed, she took immediate steps to rectify the situation — she did not try to hide it,” he said.
He said she acted in the “best interests of the child” by immediately washing his mouth with orange juice, and as soon as he developed symptoms, she called an ambulance.
The court heard the boy was admitted to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where authorities became involved.
“She’d been a recreational drug user with a drug problem for a number of years, but was always caring of the children — always putting their needs at the very forefront of her life.
“There’s no suggestion that she had been neglectful in any way at all with the children up until this very incident.”
Mr Boucaut said his client accepted that it was dangerous for her to leave drugs within reach of her children.
Ms Foundas accepted that the neglect was momentary and did not call for Wren to be jailed.
Judge Press will sentence Wren next month.