THESE shocking pictures show the “unspeakable” conditions four young children from Scarborough were forced to live in – which were so repulsive shocked police officers investigating had to keep rushing outside for fresh air.
The four boys, aged between seven and 11, are now in foster care – but the 35-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, avoided an immediate jail sentence at last month’s hearing at York Crown Court.
The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday released the images from the ‘house of horrors’, which had months of rubbish piled so high officers were unable to access some rooms.
And the police car which rescued the neglected children from the house had to be professionally cleaned later by contractors because the children were so filthy.
She was sentenced to 51 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, after admitting four charges of neglect leading to unnecessary cruelty at a previous hearing. She was also placed under a two-year supervision order and told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
Detective Sergeant Mike Moorhouse, of North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, said: “The living conditions these children were found in and their state of health was almost beyond belief and were amongst the worst conditions the investigating officers have ever found children living in.”