Mother jailed for child neglect of son, 4

The house he was found in Image copyright Not specified
Image caption The boy was found him surrounded by ferrets, dogs and animal excrement
Conditions the boy was found living in Image copyright Not specified
Image caption He has now recovered from his ordeal, police said

A mother whose four-year-old son was living in "truly shocking" conditions has been jailed for child neglect.

Police found the child seriously ill surrounded by ferrets, dogs, animal excrement and rotting food at a house in the Darwen area in October.

His 21-year-old mother who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted child neglect at a previous hearing in January.

She was jailed for two years at Preston Crown Court.

'Appalling case'

A police officer discovered the boy suffering from breathing difficulties and having a fit on the floor of the living room.

Officers had been responding to reports of a missing dog.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Royal Blackburn Hospital where he has now recovered, said police.

Lancashire Constabulary said: "This was a particularly appalling case of child neglect involving a vulnerable four year old boy who was living in truly shocking conditions.

"The house was in a completely uninhabitable state for anyone, let alone a small child, and thankfully he is now being looked after properly."

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