Prescot Mother Handed Suspended Sentence for Child Cruelty

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

liverpool_crown_courtA mother who abandoned her newborn baby in a toilet has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

Nicola Glover, 30, of Prescot, gave birth in a disabled toilet in Silcock’s Leisure Arcade in Southport on 16 April 2015.

She left the child, whom nurses at Ormskirk Hospital later named April, in a condition that might have proved fatal if staff had not found her about an hour later. Her survival was described as “miraculous” by medical staff.

Ms Glover’s family, who were with her at the time, grew suspicious of her behaviour, but they did not know what had happened.

She turned herself in to Merseyside Police the next day, following the release of CCTV footage and a widespread public appeal for information.

In August, the Crown Prosecution Service agreed to drop a charge of attempted murder when she pleaded guilty to child cruelty.

Ms Glover claimed she had panicked after giving birth, and made a “terrible, terrible, terrible mistake.”

Following the ruling on Wednesday 18 November, Ms Glover left Liverpool Crown Court (pictured) with a suspended sentence. If she reoffends within 18 months, she may be imprisoned.

She must also undergo 60 hours of rehabilitation, the nature of which is to be determined by the Probation Service.

“This is a very sad case, but thankfully, the baby survived and is thriving,” said Alison Mutch, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service.

“This has been a complex case. … It has been important to strike a balance between prosecuting Ms Glover but also showing compassion, and we feel that very difficult balance has been struck.

“She will no doubt regret the actions of that day for many years to come.”

The child is now being looked after by foster carers.

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