Tayside and Central Scotland

Woman kept child, 4, in squalor

A woman neglected a young child by keeping him in squalid conditions in a house in Pitlochry, a court has heard.

Kayleigh Yeats, 21, admitted wilfully exposing the four-year-old boy to unnecessary suffering by looking after him in a "contaminated house."

Perth Sheriff Court was told that every room in the house was filled with rotting food, animal faeces and household rubbish.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis deferred sentence for social work reports.

Yeats admitted she was looking after the child on 16 April last year when the house was in such a filthy state that it placed him at risk of injury to his health.

In 2010, Yeats was admonished after leaving a baby alone in a squalid hotel room for several hours while she was meant to be watching him.

The distressed ten-month-old baby was found by the hotel manager surrounded by dirty clothes, used milk bottles and soaked in his own urine.

When police traced Yeats and asked why she had abandoned the baby on his own in a locked room, she simply shrugged her shoulders.

At the time, Sheriff Robert McCreadie told Yeats she had made "enormous progress" since the offence and had shown "understanding of how wrong what she did was."

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