A 12 year-old boy who was forced to live in a filthy, foetid, fly-infested house went blind after he and his two-year old sister suffered appalling neglect.
Social workers were astounded by the dreadful conditions in which they found the children; the kitchen had a fly-infestation and the bathroom was filthy with a bath filled with stone-cold, dirty water. One of the bedrooms had been used as a lavatory, there were putrid soiled nappies on the staircase and the children’s mattresses were damp, stained and mouldy.
The parents of the children, Gillian Hendry and Craig Dick, both aged 34 neglected to take their son to prearranged doctor’s and hospital appointments, with the result that he became crippled by arthritis and suffered from cataracts so severe he lost the sight in his left eye.
Despairing for his health, doctors called in the social services, but the parents refused to let them enter the house. When social services returned with the police they were so shocked by the living conditions that they took the children into care immediately. The boy now lives with his natural father and the little girl is in the process of being put up for adoption.
Teeside Crown Court was shown photographs as evidence of the dreadful conditions. Judge Howard Crowson jailed Hendry for two years and six months and Dick for two years and two months telling them: “I feel this was was inadequacy rather than a deliberate attempt to cause harm to either child. Your own bedroom was noticeably clean although you claimed not to use it.”