A five-year-old boy drank beer out of a can on a bus while his parents were unconscious, a court heard.
The youngster took a sip from his father’s booze while on board the 110 Kettlethorpe to Leeds Service, magistrates at Wakefield heard.
A concerned passenger contacted police who found the boy and his eight-year-old sister with both parents who were unconscious.
Paramedics were alerted and the parents, who are aged in their early thirties but cannot be named for legal reasons, were revived with oxygen and injections of anti-opiate drugs.
The father admitted two charges of child neglect and will be sentenced next month.
The mother, who had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of child neglect, will be sentenced alongside her husband.
Prosecutor Rory Byrne said initially the mother fell asleep against the bus window and the father tried to wake her.
Mr Byrne said: “The daughter, who had become upset, tried to wake her mother. At that point, that father also fell asleep against the window.
“He left his open can of beer so the boy was able to get it and have a sip out of it before the police arrived. When the police arrived at the scene, they found both parents asleep and slumped against the window. Paramedics were called and anti-opiate drugs were administered, which revived both people at the scene. Both were arrested.”
At a previous court hearing the couple’s solicitor Rob Fones said the mother hadn’t been feeling well and had earlier taken two “mystery” pills.
At yesterday’s hearing, Caroline Deacon, defending, said the father had been out in Leeds with friends before the incident.
Mrs Deacon added: “It was not the intention he was going to have care of the two children that afternoon. He got a call from his wife and they arranged to meet up.
“Unbeknown to him, she wasn’t in any fit state to look after the children and he concedes he wasn’t in any fit state either. It is on that basis he recognises he was responsible for the neglect of the two children.”
The father, who has been in custody since the previous court hearing on August 22, was yesterday granted bail until he is sentenced.
The father, who is on a methadone programme, told the court via video link from HMP Leeds: “This has never happened with my children before and we need to get our children back.
“Whilst I’m in here that is dead time. The kids need to be home as soon as possible.
“I’m not worried about myself, prison doesn’t mean anything to me.
“I would do anything to get my children home.”