A little girl of four was left home alone while her mother went out to work.
Police went to her home in Mold, North Wales, following an anonymous tip off to social workers.
They found the house in an unkempt condition and the girl was home alone with the front door unlocked.
The mother had gone out in the car to visit customers.
The enormity of what she had done had not dawned on her until later, Flintshire Magistrates' court heard .
She had since given up work and her husband has changed his working pattern her solicitor Bethan Jones explained.
The mother, who had no previous convictions, admitted neglecting the child in a way likely to cause her unnecessary suffering.
She was placed on a 12 month community order with supervision and she was sent on a "positive thinking" workbook programme run by the probation service.
The woman, who was ordered to pay £85 costs, was told by District Judge Gwyn Jones that due to her then working pattern, she "became oblivious to the risks" posed to her youngest child by being left at home alone.
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has admitted a charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of its workers, after one of them was crushed to death at its factory in Flintshire.
Donald Williams, 62, died after the incident at the Broughton plant in November 2011.
At Mold Crown Court today, the company pleaded guilty to the charge, brought by the Health and Safety Executive.
Sentencing was adjourned until 17 July, at Caernarfon Crown Court.
An inquest has previously returned a verdict of misadventure.
Two motorcyclists have been killed and five people injured in a crash in north Wales.
The collision - involving a car and six bikers - happened on the A5104 between Pontblyddyn and Penyffordd in Flintshire at around 12.50pm today.
North Wales Police says two bikers died at the scene. The other bikers and the driver of the car were taken to hospital for treatment. The road is closed while investigations take place.
A former scoutmaster in Flintshire has been jailed for 12 years for sex offences against boys during the 1960s and 1970s.
Martyn Tucker, who is 68 and from Chester, was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender.
One of the victims of former Flintshire scoutmaster Martyn Tucker chose to read out his own victim statement at Mold Crown Court today, before Tucker was sentenced.
I was 12-13 years of age, and he destroyed my life. Looking back, I never had a chance.
This man stole my soul and set me on a path of self-hatred and self-destruction that still exists to this day.
I live in a kind of fog. I had my future stolen from me - I could never hope to a wife and kids.
A former scoutmaster has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, after admitting 26 sex offences against boys during the 1960s and 1970s - some of which were committed in Flintshire.
Martyn Tucker, 68 and from Chester, was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender, at Mold Crown Court today.
Last week, he admitted 12 charges of indecent assault, nine charges of indecency with a child, and five charges another illegal sexual act.
The offences date from 1968 to 1978 when he worked as a scoutmaster in Flintshire, Cheshire and elsewhere.
A young couple from Flintshire and their dog have been saved, after being trapped in a dangerous gully in Snowdonia last night.
Rescuers praised the crew of a police helicopter who had photographed their location on Tryfan.
They landed near the headquarters of Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team, and handed over a computer memory stick, enabling team organisers to know the exact whereabouts of the couple.
Team spokesman Chris Lloyd said they were grateful for their support, and a great use of modern communications.
The couple, who are in their twenties, were described as being inadequately equipped for a day on the mountains, but were unharmed.
200 jobs are being created at financial research firm Avox in Wrexham by the end of 2016.
That economic boost comes after a worrying few weeks of jobs news around Wales, with 149 jobs lost at Creative Foods in Flint, 400 under threat at the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven, 650 going at Avana Bakeries in Newport, and a further 150 under threat at the Freeman events company in Cwmcarn.
The Prime Minister was also in North Wales - visiting a furniture business in Flintshire.
The Welsh Ambulance service say 12 people needed treatment after a chemical incident in Flintshire.
Two of those have been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.
We were called at 9.34am today, Wednesday April 9, to an incident at a commercial property on River Lane Industrial Estate, Saltney. We sent two rapid response vehicles and four emergency ambulances to the scene, where 12 people required treatment. Of the 12, two people have been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a stable condition, two people have been discharged at scene and eight people remain at scene.
Emergency services are currently dealing with a chemical incident at a factory in Saltney, Flintshire.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service believe that two cleaning agents have been mixed, which has released toxic vapour.
Thirteen people are believed to have inhaled the chemicals, and some have been taken to hospital for treatment.