”The family had armbands but she decided not to take them because she knew (Charlie) would not want to go in the water,” said the judge.

”She showed no understanding that children as young as five cannot be relied on to always do what they say they are doing.”

”The mother was adamant that (Charlie) only went up to his ankles because he hated water, and indeed he had to be led by her by the hand to even enter the water.”

”She wonders whether he was chased or pushed by two boys who she had heard were pulling children down in the water.

“She knew there was no lifeguard.

Judge Perry said Charlie’s mother had told him how she was ”confident” that the youngster would not go into the lake because he ”hated water”.

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