Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire child neglect couple sentences increased

Filthy bedroom Image copyright Gloucestershire Police
Image caption Bedrooms smelled of urine and animal faeces and contained soiled mattresses

A couple jailed for neglecting five of their children have had their sentences almost tripled by the Court of Appeal.

The pair, from Gloucestershire, had nine children who lived in bedrooms which smelled of urine and animal faeces and contained soiled mattresses.

The parents were branded "inadequate, stupid, stubborn and reckless" by a judge at their sentencing in June.

The mother was originally jailed for two years nine months; the father two years - each will now serve six years.

The Court of Appeal found the sentences given to the couple had been unduly lenient.

The couple, who cannot be named, had pleaded guilty, earlier at Gloucester Crown Court, to neglecting five of their children, between 2007 and 2012.

The ages of the children ranged from a baby to a young teenager.

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Image caption Ivy had come in from outside and was growing across the wall in a child's bedroom

The children were often reported as being dirty and smelly and suffered badly with head lice infestations, which the mother told police she had treated with mayonnaise.

It was after the youngest child was admitted to hospital with severe nappy rash, which had left ulcers on the child's skin, that police arrested the couple.

When officers searched the house they found it in an unhygienic state.

Carpets and walls were filthy, rubbish and clothes were strewn everywhere and a plug socket was left hanging out of the wall.

In a child's bedroom, ivy had come in from outside and was growing across the wall.

Gloucestershire County Council are conducting a serious case review.

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