Mum of six abandons children for six-week holiday

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We've all dreamed of running away from home some days, but this mother actually did.

A court has heard how a UK mother recently left her six children, aged 3-14, to fly to Australia for a six week holiday with her Chinese boyfriend, whom she met on the internet.   

The 43-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, left the family home on New Years Day telling her 14-year-old son that she was going to the supermarket and that he was in charge of the five other children while she was out.

She then followed up with a text message saying that she wouldn't be home until the  next day, reports The Telegraph.
Luckily the 14-year-old had the presence of mind to call his grandparents, who although they did not live nearby, sentPolice around to the house to check on the family.

Incredibly, the mother ignored pleas from her parents and the Police to return home from her trip and instead deactivated her social media accounts and stayed for the full six-week holiday, payed for by her boyfriend.

The children were found safe and well by the Police and were placed in to emergency foster care.

There's no clear reason why the mother ran away, although her lawyer cites a previous abusive relationship and the stress of being a single parent to a large family as a contributing factor.

John Smitheran told the court that the stress of bringing the children up alone had led to a "very unusual, almost unique circumstance".

Mr Smitheran also told the court that the children, who now live with their grandparents, were thriving academically and "unaffected by the experience."

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This was challenged by the prosecution, who showed the court cards made by her children, saying they were missing their mother.

One read "we miss you mummy", while another said "we want to see you soon".

The woman pleaded guilty to six counts of wilful abandonment at Birmingham Crown Court, and was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years. She is now pregnant with her seventh child.

We hope she - and her children - get all the support they need.