Neglect case sentencing adjourned

The converted coal-bunker where a 10-year-old boy was forced to live in at his mother and stepfather's home in Blackpool.

The converted coal-bunker where a 10-year-old boy was forced to live in at his mother and stepfather's home in Blackpool.

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A MOTHER and her partner who forced her 10-year-old son to live in a filthy outhouse have had their sentencing adjourned.

The young Blackpool boy was locked up in what police described as a “cell” with no heating, a bare light bulb, and just a dirty mattress to sleep on.

Preston Crown Court heard the boy was put in the cold room as punishment for raiding the family’s fridge.

The boy’s mother, who is in her 30s, and her partner, a man in his 40s, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, admitted cruelty by wilful neglect between January 2010 and January 2011.

Yesterday’s sentencing hearing was adjourned for some time after the male defendant collapsed.

The hearing then resumed but Judge Norman Wright decided to adjourn sentencing until Monday, May 28. The couple were remanded in custody.

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