Two jailed for neglect of three-year-old boy

29/02/2012

Lisa Brooks and Tomas Lewis have received custodial sentences after pleading guilty to the wilful neglect of a three-year-old boy at Trevethin, near Pontypool.

At a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court, Brooks received a three-year sentence and Lewis was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The boy was found to be suffering from dehydration and hypothermia when he was discovered by Gwent Police.

Claire Burton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, said:

"Cases involving the neglect of children are always distressing, and this one was no exception. 

"Lisa Brooks and Tomas Lewis were responsible for the dreadful mistreatment of a very young child. When the CPS looked at the evidence gathered by Gwent Police, there was no doubt in our minds that the awful conditions the child had been kept in made criminal charges a necessity.

"Child neglect is not something that should be either tolerated or excused. The Crown Prosecution Service will continue to work closely with the police, as well as all other agencies involved in the protection of children and young people, to ensure we play our full part in ensuring that these issues are addressed."

DI Mark Johnson, Public Protection Unit, Gwent Police, added:

"Together with our partners it is our duty to protect children from neglect and to do our best to keep them from harm.

"The neglect experienced by the child in this case was horrific, however there is no doubt that the action taken by the agencies involved in this complex case ultimately helped to avert a tragedy and thankfully the child is now doing well. The sentence reflects the severity of the neglect and we are hopeful that it will help to deter and prevent any future possible mistreatment of children."