A woman has escaped a jail term - despite dropping her young daughter from a window.
The mum-of-two dangled the tot by her wrists before letting her fall onto the porch below.
The distressed three-year-old was left there and had to be rescued by a neighbour.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that social services staff have intervened and the woman’s children have not been taken into care.
District Judge Michael Fanning told the mother that he would have jailed her immediately had she not had the youngsters to look after.
The 20-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of ill-treatment or neglect of a child following a trial.
The incident happened at the family home in Dewsbury on August 20 last year.
The woman, also mum to a two-year-old boy, leaned out of the front bedroom window with her daughter.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “She was holding her by her wrists and dangling her away from the window.
“The child was shouting ‘Mummy, Mummy’ but she was left out on the veranda.
“This was witnessed by members of the public and the child was rescued with the assistance of a wheeled bin.”
The child suffered grazing to her forearms as a result of the drop.
The court heard an assessment by social services staff determined that the children were best remaining with their mother, who is their sole carer.
Judge Fanning told her: “Hanging a young child out of the window by its arms and dropping it onto the porch area is a very cruel act - it’s unbelievable.
“The child was crying out for its mum and she shut the window on that child.
“The child could have fallen from the roof and serious injury could have followed.
“A third party intervened to rescue her and she (the mother) had no word of thanks.”
The judge added that he would have sent the woman straight to jail had the children been removed from her care.
He said: “If I impose an immediate prison sentence I will destroy this family.
“If the children had been removed you would have gone to prison today.”
Judge Fanning instead handed the woman a six -month jail term, suspended for a year.
She must complete a 30-day activity requirement aimed at preventing future similar incidents.
Finally, the woman was ordered to pay £240 costs and £80 victim surcharge.
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