A TWO-YEAR-OLD child was rushed to hospital after swallowing drugs.

The woman who was looking after the child, 51-year-old Glenda Swan, of Rosewell Drive, Lochore, has appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court for sentencing.

She admitted previously that on July 17, 2020, at Melville Street, Lochgelly, she neglected a child then aged two, by failing to keep secure a diazepam tablet whereby the child ingested it.

Depute fiscal Eve McKaig told the court that Swan was looking after the child and other youngsters overnight.

In the morning, Swan had called the ambulance service saying the child was crying and going in and out of consciousness.

Asked what had happened she said: “I woke up this morning and I think he’s taken valium.”

The child was rushed to hospital but later made a full recovery.

When charged, Swan said: “I’m sorry. It was an accident.”

Defence solicitor Graham Inch said his client has had drug and alcohol issues, adding: “She’s utterly ashamed of her actions.”

Sheriff David Hall told Swan: “You’re extremely lucky something much severe didn’t happen in this case and you could be going away for years.

“I’m glad to hear the child made a full recovery.”

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with one year of supervision and 100 hours of unpaid work.