Judge Neave said a concerned neighbour called police because she noticed the woman’s infant son playing on the road naked.
The court was told associates of the woman then arrived and found the young boy playing naked in the driveway.
They took him inside and heard screaming coming from the bathroom.
They found the woman’s young daughter with soap in her eyes, clothed and in a bathtub overflowing with cold water, Judge Neave said.
The friends were forced to kick the bedroom door open because the woman, who was hungover, had barricaded herself in, he said.
The mother did not wake up, so the associates clothed the children and took them away from the house, he said.
Police arrived at the house and questioned the woman but she became abusive and refused to discuss where her children were, he said.
A miracle the kids are alive. I hope she does not keep custody, unless she can show remarkable change.
This is the sort of child poverty we should be focusing on – and it is not one that would be fixed by increasing the benefit by $60 a week.