Boy found living in ‘rubbish tip’ home surrounded by heroin needles

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When the boy was found he did not want to wash, brush his teeth or have his hair washed and was ‘terrified of flies'

When the boy was found he did not want to wash, brush his teeth or have his hair washed and was ‘terrified of flies’

A neglected little boy was found living in a home surrounded by uncapped heroin needles, rubbish and rotting food after his drug addicted parents were incapable of caring for him.

The seven-year-old survived on bread and butter with ketchup.

The boy, who cannot be identified, was found by social services and the police, after disappearing off the local authority’s radar after moving house, , Leicester Crown Court heard.

He failed to attend school for six months and was found without any underwear or socks and didn’t have a change of clothes.

He told officers who found him that he had ‘eaten some cookies’ but not any other food.

When a drawer in his room was opened, the court was told that a ‘cloud of flies flew into the air’.

A neglected little boy was found living in a

Uncapped heroin needles, rotting food and rubbish were strewn about the fly-infested home (Picture: Leicester Mercury / BPM)

Prosecutors described the property as being in ‘absolute squalor’.

The foster parents the boy was placed with reported that he did not want to wash, brush his teeth or have his hair washed and was ‘terrified of flies.’

He was also described as being ‘hungry all the time’ and had difficulty understanding the difference between day and night.

Both parents pleaded guilty to an offence of child cruelty by neglect.

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The child disappeared off the local authority’s radar after moving house and failed to attend school for six months (Picture: Leicester Mercury / BPM)

Alexander Wolfson, prosecuting: ‘The kitchen was rancid with a couple of tins of food left open and evidence of mouse droppings.

‘The stove was inaccessible, there was mouldy food in the fridge and it was difficult to move around.

‘Unfortunately drugs paraphernalia was lying about; items associated with taking heroin, with uncapped needles.’

The boy had not been registered with a GP and needed medication for worms.

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The kitchen had only a few tins of food left (Picture: Leicester Mercury / BPM)

He was placed in school and assessed as being two years behind.

When interviewed, the father said multiple bereavements had left him unable to cope, and he went into a drug-induced downward spiral.

The mother accepted the house was in a poor condition saying she only lived there because she had ‘nowhere else.’

Despite the horrific ordeal, the boy is said to be fiercely loyal to his parents.

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The boy, who cannot be identified, was found by social services and the police (Picture: Leicester Mercury / BPM Media)

Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: ‘I’m dealing with two people who weren’t, by any measure, capable of

looking after a child.

‘I’ve been given details about what led to this awful situation arising.

‘Both of you, historically, have drug problems and that’s affected the way you live your lives.’

The parents were each given 10 month jail sentences, suspended for 18 months, with one year of drug rehabilitation.



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