News Local Criminal procedures against mother leaving children unattended to go to work dropped

Criminal procedures against mother leaving children unattended to go to work dropped

The Legal Service has decided to suspend criminal procedures against a 35-year-old desperate mother in Limassol who left her three under-aged children home alone on Sunday to go to work.

The Polish woman and the family’s only provider was facing four charges relating to child endangerment since one of them is only 23 months old. The other two are seven and 13.

Limassol district court on Monday set the first hearing in the case on December 15 but two ministers – the justice and social welfare, both of whom are women – intervened since then.

The woman was arrested after a citizen found the seven-year-old girl playing alone at a park in Limassol’s Omonia area on Sunday afternoon.

Unable to find her parents, he took the child to the closest police station and – following investigations – they located the house of the girl where they found her two siblings, also alone.

The police has notified social services and the children were taken to their grandparents.

Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis later in the day tweeted “no mother chooses to go to work and leave her minor children at home alone. She does it out of despair [or] out of great need.”

Yiolitis also talked with Work, Social Insurance and Welfare Minister Zeta Emilianidou and both announced that the state would intervene to support the mother.

 

Top Stories

Action plan drafted for gradual unlocking of covid measures

Health experts advising the government on covid-19 have expressed cautious optimism that the strict restrictive measures currently in effect should be lifted by end...

Church and bagels to go: Biden’s first White House Sunday

President Joe Biden attended a church service in Washington's Georgetown neighbourhood and stopped for bagels at a hot pink shop named "Call Your Mother"...

Navalny supporters protest his arrest, in Moscow

Law enforcement officers detain a woman during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia January 23, 2021.

Police still looking for young man missing from mental hospital

Police are still looking for a 20-year-old man missing from Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital in Nicosia since Saturday afternoon. He is Theodoros Topouzides (top photo) from...

Mainly fine on Monday with high cloud in the afternoon

Mainly fine on Monday with high cloud in the afternoon and light to moderate north-easterly to south-easterly winds blowing at a force of 3...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...