A disturbing story of desperation and addiction was told at provincial court in St. John's on Wednesday.

It has to do with a mother of two young children, her cocaine addiction, and the robberies she committed to get more of the drug.

Jeanine Bungay, 27, pleaded guilty to holding up two convenience stores last year in Conception Bay South.

Bungay was pregnant when she held up a store with a knife last May. She got away with $200 but was arrested by police the next day.

Then in December, while out on bail, she robbed another store. This time she got $10 before the owner chased her down with a baseball bat. Bungay threw the money back at the owner, calling her a "psycho." Bungay was followed and stopped an an intersection by police with guns drawn.

Kids with mom in getaway car

She had her newborn boy and four-year-old daughter in the getaway car with her at the time.

In court Wednesday, Bungay read a long statement of remorse, much of it directed to her children.

"I am a mother who has made some awful choices," she said. "I hope they can forgive me, and allow me to be the mom I can be."

Bungay's children will be somewhat older by the time she gets out of jail.

The Crown is seeking a sentence of five to six years, while the defence said three-and-a-half to four years would be more appropriate.

Bungay will be sentenced on Monday.