Couple jailed for child cruelty

23/10/2017

A couple have today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to a total of eight years and six months imprisonment for their part in the ill-treatment and neglect of a child.

Between 2010 and 2013, the defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied the victim food which resulted in the child eating from  bins and taking food from strangers.

The victim was forced to sleep in a damp and cold outhouse causing the child to suffer trench foot. The child also  suffered with untreated head lice and skin infections.

The child was denied access to basic childhood necessities, such as  toys and personal possessions and affection.

When the authorities were made aware of the child’s plight, the police were contacted and the defendants were arrested.

The 44-yearold defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of cruelty to a person under 16 years and sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment.

The 40-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty to a person under 16 years and sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

“Over a period of three years, the defendants ill-treated the victim. Failing in their duty to protect the child and provide it with the most basic of needs.

“When the defendants were arrested, they showed no remorse for their actions and blamed each other for the cruelty inflected on the child. They will now have to deal with the consequences of their actions.”