A CHARD mother and her partner accused of neglecting and ill-treating her child after going on a day-long boozing session have been ordered to stand trial at Taunton Crown Court.

After dropping off her son at school the mother was said to have started drinking with her partner and two friends and asked another friend to pick her son up from school.

When he came home he was left in his bedroom with a tablet to play on and the mother was allegedly so drunk she was being sick and could not even get out of bed.

Her partner then allegedly smashed up the TV and ransacked the house, trashing numerous items.

He then smashed up the child’s tablet and then hurled an onslaught of vile abuse at him repeatedly calling him a “little f***ing b*****d” and saying he hated him.

The 31-year-old mother and her 30-year-old boyfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in the dock together before Somerset Magistrates.

They were both charged that on November 16 last year at Chard, being a person who had attained the age of 16 and having responsibility for the child, wilfully assaulted, ill-treated, neglected, abandoned or exposed him in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the offence with the male saying he did not accept any responsibility for the child and did not accept any wrong-doing.

The magistrates said the case was so serious that they must both be sent to the crown court to stand trial.

They adjourned the case until July 29 when they must appear before a pre trial hearing at Taunton and in the meantime were given unconditional bail.