A MOTHER of four has been placed on probation, after her two oldest children wandered to a nearby park while left at home unattended.
The two youngsters, aged nine and 10, wandered the streets of the small town, Howard, during the morning on January 12.
The 25-year-old mother, who cannot be named to protect the children, left the youngsters alone to go and pick up her youngest children from her ex-partner.
The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard the two children visited a neighbour's house but were told they were not allowed to play there.
They then set off for the local park and their mother returned home just after midday. They were unattended for more than four hours.
Defence counsel for the mother told the court his client felt she had no choice but to leave them.
The woman - who the court heard had a lengthy drug history - was placed on probation for 18 months and was fined $750.