Sunday 4 December 2016

Bedrooms of children were 'unfit to be slept in', court told as parents accused of neglecting their three children

Published 29/02/2016 | 07:45

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court
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A couple have been accused of neglecting their three children after the family were all allegedly found sleeping on dirty mattresses in the living room in "deplorable" conditions.

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Mould-covered food was within the children's reach, their bedrooms were unfit to be slept in and the toilet was a "serious health risk", a court heard.

The children were taken into care and their parents have been charged with wil- fully neglecting each of them.

Judge Grainne O'Neill adjourned the case against them at Blanchardstown District Court.

The man (37) and the woman (29) are charged with the alleged offences at a house in west Dublin on September 8, 2012.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai went to search the house with a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

"Gardai entered the house and found it in a deplorable state," Sgt Callaghan said.

The two accused were in the house at the time with their three children, two boys and a girl.

They were all sleeping on dirty mattresses in the front room. There was mouldy food in a deep fat fryer and in the oven was a pizza that was "fully covered in mould" and in reach of the children.

Rubbish

There were bags of rubbish on worktops and the bedrooms were trashed with broken toys and other items on the floor.

They were "unfit for sleeping in", Sgt Callaghan said.

A pup was also found living in a cardboard box in the front room. A panel in the front door was broken.

"There was no suggestion of any actual abuse save what could have been caused by the conditions?" Judge O'Neill asked.

"It appears to be neglect rather than physical abuse," Sgt Callaghan said.

The judge adjourned the case for 10 weeks. The accused have not yet indicated how they intend to plead to the charges. 87833642.jpg

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