Police found dirt on the floor, rotting food in the refrigerator and not enough beds in an Adelaide home where four children were in the care of their mother with addiction, a court heard.
Glenys Kupfer, 34, pleaded guilty to four counts of not providing adequate food, clothing and shelter to a child.
The mother-of-six failed to care for her four youngest children, aged eight, three, two and 12-months, in 2019.
Adelaide Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday that he was struggling as a new single parent, addicted to meth and traumatized by the death of his brother he witnessed.
Police prosecutor Scott Mesecke said officers and staff of the Department of Child Protection visited Ms Kupfer Blair Athol’s home around 8.45pm on March 1, 2019 and witnessed “meaningless” conditions. .
He said there were not enough beds for the number of occupants on the property and they were dirty.
The court heard that the “cluttered” living room had a mattress on top of the living room chairs and dirt was strewn on the floor in the living room, bathroom and kitchen.
Rotting food was also found inside the refrigerator, the court heard.
Mr. Mesecke described the house at the time as “messy and untidy” but said the property was in a “clean and tidy state” when police revisited his home on June 27 – after removing the her children in her care.
“There was fresh food in the fridge and he seemed more calm and controlled so there was improvement,” he said.
“(At first glance) she told police she was a single mother, having trouble dealing with four small children.
“The translation of the interview record shows that he recognizes the areas covered that were relatively unacceptable and explained the difficulties he faced.”
The court heard the mother later had a support network in place and attended a parenting course.
Edward Stratton-Smith, for the defense, said his client’s drug use had become “very serious” as a way to deal with grief after his brother died in “violent circumstances” and he accepted that it was not his priority. his children.
She said the removal of her children resulted in a “dramatic cycle” and has not been addicted to drugs since.
The court heard the father of four children at the center of Ms Kupfer’s charges that he was left homeless for a period of time, taking the children first, before returning and leaving them in his care before leaving again.
“He accepted his negligence and did not shy away from it,” Mr. Stratton-Smith said.
“In the two years since his children left, he was a very different person then … His only focus was his children.
“In the long run, he wants to benefit others through his experiences and help other families in some way.”
Mr. Stratton-Smith asked Magistrate Nicolas Alexandrides to consider providing a good bond of conduct to keep Ms. Kupfer “on her path to recovery or rehabilitation” which is “the best thing for her children “.
“A conviction for neglecting your own child is a very serious matter and that in itself brings a great deal of embarrassment to the defendant,” he said.
“While this is serious, there is no doubt that the court has seen more serious examples.”
Mr. Mesecke said he would not call for a prison sentence based on the circumstances.
Ms Kupfer will appear again in September to be judged.