A single mother who left her three children alone while she went to visit friends competing in a bodybuilding contest in Spain has been jailed for 12 months.
The woman, 37, from Cheshire, left her two youngest children, aged six and eight, with their 16-year-old brother while she boarded a flight to Spain in May.
She was eventually rumbled when her six-year-old child told a teacher that their mother had gone away and social services were called.
The court heard the woman, who was branded 'callous and self-centred' by a judge, refused to fly back home when she was contacted by social services.
The single mother left her two youngest children with their 16-year-old brother while she went to a bodybuilding contest in Spain (stock image)
Liverpool Crown Court was also told she tried to leave her children with a woman who had previously been investigated for child sex abuse.
Earlier this year she left her two youngest children in her car while she went to the gym.
In 2013, her child, who was just aged three at the time, was found wandering the streets in the early hours of the morning after she attended an equestrian event.
She admitted two offences of child neglect and attempting to pervert the course of justice following her trip to Spain and was jailed for one year.