A 26-year-old mother has avoided prison after leaving her three young children in a swelteringly hot car in Carlisle.
Kelly Marie Langham told magistrates she had left the windows slightly wound down and that she had not expected the inside of the car to reach such temperatures.
She added that she only expected to be away from her car for a short time while she went to a pawnbrokers in the town.
The children, aged between two and eight, were left in the car for up to 45 minutes in which temperatures reached 40C, Carlisle Magistrates' Court heard.
Langham was ordered to complete a one-year community order under the supervision of Cumbria Action Social Support after admitting three counts of neglect and possession of amphetamines at an earlier hearing.
The order will help the young mother to develop her parenting skills, with a six-month drug treatment order.
She was also ordered to pay £50 costs.
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