Father in court on child cruelty charges

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A Scarborough man has appeared in court after his child was found sleeping on a mattress stained with dog urine in a room with animal excrement on the floor.

The 50-year-old father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stood before York Crown Court for sentencing having admitted a charge of cruelty to a person under 16.

The offences took place between January 9 and 19 this year.

York Crown Court heard the man was said to have been under financial pressures after being left by his partner.

Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told how when the house was visited by officers they found the child’s bed broken and the youngster sleeping on the stained mattress on the floor.

The court heard the kitchen was also found in a filthy state and four dogs were roaming at will throughout the property, soiling in all the rooms.

wHEN INTERVIEWED THE CHILD SAID it has been without a proper bed since christmas, was upset by the mess left by the dogs, and had tried to clean the mattress.

However the child added its father did care for it and provide regular meals. The court heard the house was stocked with nourishing food and the youngster did have a 100 per cent school attendance record.

Recorder Paul Watson QC said that, although it was right the case should have been brought and the offence should be marked with a conviction, he also accepted it had come about because the father had been unable to cope, rather than being someone wilfully setting out to neglect or injure a child.

Adding that the courts always take the welfare of children seriously, the recorder said he was prepared to take an exceptional course in the case of the father, who has no previous convictions of any kind.

The father, judged by the probation service not to be in need of supervision, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months.