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Parents who forced child to live in coal bunker in court

A mother and stepfather who forced their 11-year-old son to live in a filthy converted coal bunker were due to be sentenced today.

Bullied and constantly hungry, the traumatised boy was made to live and sleep in the room, described as a "cell" by social workers, and was reduced to using a potty as he was locked up each night until morning.

The parents, in their 40s, both admitted a single charge of cruelty by wilful neglect between January 2010 and January 2011 at an earlier hearing.