Boy, 4, found in East Lancs animals horror house

Boy, 4, found in East Lancs animals horror house

Boy, 4, found in East Lancs animals horror house

Boy, 4, found in East Lancs animals horror house

Boy, 4, found in East Lancs animals horror house

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A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy found in ‘absolute squalor’ at a house with 20 uncaged ferrets and 14 dogs needed treatment in a hospital’s high dependency unit.

The youngster, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was discovered on a mattress by a police officer at the house in East Lancashire, which also had two dead birds in cages.

A court heard how the child had been living in appalling conditions for two months, with rubbish, rancid food and animal faeces on the floor.

His mother was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison for neglecting her son.

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PC Lloyd Jones who found the boy said the conditions were ‘the worst he had ever seen’, the court was told.

Burnley and Pendle Citizen:

He had only been visiting the house as part of an investigation about a missing dog.

But when he went into the property, he found the youngster, who had a condition which meant he needed a feeding tube to his stomach, with a serious bacterial infection to an open wound on his torso.

The boy was taken immediately to the high dependency unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment.

Judge Anthony Russell QC, the recorder at Preston Crown Court, said it was a ‘bad example’ of this type of case.

He said: “The neglect was over a period of two months and appears to have commenced when you moved from one home to another.

“The child is only able to take food through a gastric tube. You lived alone with him and a very large number of animals.

“The police called at your home about a missing dog and came across a scene of absolute squalor.

“The house was filthy with rubbish, food stuffs and animal faeces everywhere.

“I have seen the photographs and it is shocking that anyone can let a house get into that state.

Burnley and Pendle Citizen:

“An experienced police officer described the conditions as the worst he had ever seen.”

Judith McCullough, defending, told the court her client, 21, had been suffering from depression.

She said: “The circumstances in which she found herself were escalating and worsening as time went on and of course, in addition also had a child who required more care than perhaps some other children may have done.

“She accepts that she failed to care for him in the way she ought to have done.

“She has shown genuine remorse and she picked herself up by the bootstraps and has made efforts to move forward.

“She is well aware she might receive a custodial sentence and has written a letter to her son to be read to him if it is the case.

“There will be no repeat of this behaviour. That does not mean she is not a young woman who clearly requires support and to examine what went wrong during the last part of last year.”

But Judge Russell told the defendant, who had pleaded guilty to a charge of child neglect at an earlier hearing: “Although it has been argued that there was a lack of support available to you, I do not accept that argument because you had previously had support and knew it was available.

“I do accept that you have had a difficult history. I also accept that you now acknowledge that your care was inadequate.

“Such mitigation cannot extinguish the fact that this was very serious neglect.”

Speaking after the hearing, a spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Cases like this which involve the ill-treatment of young children are always very hard to deal with, but we welcome this sentence.

“This was a particularly appalling case of child neglect involving a vulnerable four-year-old boy who was living in truly shocking conditions.

“The house was in a completely uninhabitable state for anyone, let alone a small child, and thankfully he is now being looked after properly.”

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10:38am Fri 4 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Put her in a cage for a while
Put her in a cage for a while ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 54

10:59am Fri 4 Apr 14

Lancs Away says...

"There will be no repeat of this behaviour"....one would certainly hope not, in fact one would hope she never gets this child back and is sterilised in the process....
"There will be no repeat of this behaviour"....one would certainly hope not, in fact one would hope she never gets this child back and is sterilised in the process.... Lancs Away
  • Score: 78

11:10am Fri 4 Apr 14

Bernard Righton says...

Name and shame
Name and shame Bernard Righton
  • Score: 64

12:57pm Fri 4 Apr 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

A scum mother, most likely from scum parentage, produces neglected feral child witness & immune to animal neglect/persecution, Could this lead to future mass murders I wonder!
A scum mother, most likely from scum parentage, produces neglected feral child witness & immune to animal neglect/persecution, Could this lead to future mass murders I wonder! BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: 13

1:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

CeeBee85 says...

Honest to goodness!! Having a difficult background is NO EXCUSE!!!! I, like many other people, have had a difficult background but I still know right from wrong and would never live in this squalour, never mind force a child to live in it as well! This woman would have been fully aware that this is wrong but simply can't be a***d to do anything about it! Nothing to do with difficult background! Makes my blood boil!
Honest to goodness!! Having a difficult background is NO EXCUSE!!!! I, like many other people, have had a difficult background but I still know right from wrong and would never live in this squalour, never mind force a child to live in it as well! This woman would have been fully aware that this is wrong but simply can't be a***d to do anything about it! Nothing to do with difficult background! Makes my blood boil! CeeBee85
  • Score: 55

1:40pm Fri 4 Apr 14

thoroughbred says...

In this day and age of support networks...FGS...now the poorly little lad, will at least get a good home and life.
In this day and age of support networks...FGS...now the poorly little lad, will at least get a good home and life. thoroughbred
  • Score: 38

2:05pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bad News Barrett says...

GIRL, 15, RAISED BY CATS.. it has been alleged that a UK resident!!! FEMALE!!! has been brought up by CATS!!! we caught up with her but she declined to comment. (The rest is just a load of pictures of cats)
GIRL, 15, RAISED BY CATS.. it has been alleged that a UK resident!!! FEMALE!!! has been brought up by CATS!!! we caught up with her but she declined to comment. (The rest is just a load of pictures of cats) Bad News Barrett
  • Score: -21

3:00pm Fri 4 Apr 14

mavrick says...

I am sure other people must have known what she was like and therefore she should have been watched more carefully. People like her should have the child taken of them until they prove they provide for a child. This girl knew this was totally wrong, no excuse, The sentence was very lenient for such serious neglect.
I am sure other people must have known what she was like and therefore she should have been watched more carefully. People like her should have the child taken of them until they prove they provide for a child. This girl knew this was totally wrong, no excuse, The sentence was very lenient for such serious neglect. mavrick
  • Score: 30

4:09pm Fri 4 Apr 14

waggyonthewing says...

yet again social services nowhere to be seen.and shame on the neighbours who stood by and did nothing.
yet again social services nowhere to be seen.and shame on the neighbours who stood by and did nothing. waggyonthewing
  • Score: 28

4:41pm Fri 4 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

she is not fit to be caged like an animal this poor excuse of a woman should be paraded through the streets as a warning to other unfit mother,s who just do not give a toss for morality,
she is not fit to be caged like an animal this poor excuse of a woman should be paraded through the streets as a warning to other unfit mother,s who just do not give a toss for morality, noddy57
  • Score: 17

6:02pm Fri 4 Apr 14

POW WOW says...

Such a Judge should refuse to take on the case due to the fact that they themselves cannot infringe the offenders human rights when it is in the public interest to do so !!!!!!!!!!!
Such a Judge should refuse to take on the case due to the fact that they themselves cannot infringe the offenders human rights when it is in the public interest to do so !!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 11

10:43pm Fri 4 Apr 14

WilmarSmiley says...

Most unusual for a woman to keep twenty ferrets and fourteen dogs, especially in the house, I would have thought.
I have to wonder if there was no man on the scene.
Most unusual for a woman to keep twenty ferrets and fourteen dogs, especially in the house, I would have thought. I have to wonder if there was no man on the scene. WilmarSmiley
  • Score: 14

1:12am Sat 5 Apr 14

khakkij says...

Totally agree with the comments regarding having a bad upbringing., why make excuses for this pathetic excuse of a mum, depressed my backside., bet she wasnt as depressed as this poor little boy., thank goodness he is now being looked after & gets a loving home he so deserves., never let her have him back & sterilise the cruel ****. Why neighbours chose to say nothing is beyond me., they must have known something wasnt right., the smell would have been disgusting, did no one wonder why she left the previous house., this will have been going on a lot longer than 2 months, but now he is safe & been given a chance of a life he deserves., do not fail him anymore.
Totally agree with the comments regarding having a bad upbringing., why make excuses for this pathetic excuse of a mum, depressed my backside., bet she wasnt as depressed as this poor little boy., thank goodness he is now being looked after & gets a loving home he so deserves., never let her have him back & sterilise the cruel ****. Why neighbours chose to say nothing is beyond me., they must have known something wasnt right., the smell would have been disgusting, did no one wonder why she left the previous house., this will have been going on a lot longer than 2 months, but now he is safe & been given a chance of a life he deserves., do not fail him anymore. khakkij
  • Score: 17

6:24am Sat 5 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

Bernard Righton wrote:
Name and shame
Why should this poor child suffer even more so that you can know the name of someone which you will forget by the end of the weekend.

The names are not revealed to protect the child, not the parent. Name and shame the parent, name and shame the victim too.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard Righton[/bold] wrote: Name and shame[/p][/quote]Why should this poor child suffer even more so that you can know the name of someone which you will forget by the end of the weekend. The names are not revealed to protect the child, not the parent. Name and shame the parent, name and shame the victim too. Excluded again
  • Score: 16

8:42am Sat 5 Apr 14

My.opinion.is says...

The boy is 4, in a matter of months, god willing he will have a new name and life - I agree name her and shame the people round her that must have known something!!!
The boy is 4, in a matter of months, god willing he will have a new name and life - I agree name her and shame the people round her that must have known something!!! My.opinion.is
  • Score: 11

12:19pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

What is happening to this country? This shocking story, the poor lad. Then there's a retard poisoning neighbour's cat, a well known PM trying it on with anything that moves, a mature teacher sniffing children's feet, an old peado from Burnley, some indigenous thug's beating a doorman, yep, just blame the immigrants.
What is happening to this country? This shocking story, the poor lad. Then there's a retard poisoning neighbour's cat, a well known PM trying it on with anything that moves, a mature teacher sniffing children's feet, an old peado from Burnley, some indigenous thug's beating a doorman, yep, just blame the immigrants. ikap22
  • Score: 10

7:05pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mother of 4 says...

thank goodness the police found him.......hope he recovers and has a happy life........
thank goodness the police found him.......hope he recovers and has a happy life........ mother of 4
  • Score: 6

11:18pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

Bad News Barrett wrote:
GIRL, 15, RAISED BY CATS.. it has been alleged that a UK resident!!! FEMALE!!! has been brought up by CATS!!! we caught up with her but she declined to comment. (The rest is just a load of pictures of cats)
u from blackburn by anychance??
[quote][p][bold]Bad News Barrett[/bold] wrote: GIRL, 15, RAISED BY CATS.. it has been alleged that a UK resident!!! FEMALE!!! has been brought up by CATS!!! we caught up with her but she declined to comment. (The rest is just a load of pictures of cats)[/p][/quote]u from blackburn by anychance?? BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: -4

11:20pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

the girls in jail will find out what shes in for so she cant hide it in there,the screws ALWAYS tell inmates when ppl are in for BAD things
FACT
the girls in jail will find out what shes in for so she cant hide it in there,the screws ALWAYS tell inmates when ppl are in for BAD things FACT BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: 6

9:42am Thu 24 Apr 14

Lee1987 says...

Poor kid and poor animals too.
Poor kid and poor animals too. Lee1987
  • Score: 0

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