Women barracaded boy in cupboard while family went on trip to Blackpool

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Two women have been found guilty of a catalogue of cruelty against a young boy, including barricading him in a cupboard while his family went on a day trip to Blackpool.

The boy’s mother, 40, and her female friend, 29, were convicted of two charges of cruelty to a person under 16.

The younger woman was also found guilty of two charges of unlawful wounding against the boy.

The jury of six men and six women took two-and-a-half hours to return their verdict to Bradford Crown Court.

During the trial the court heard the boy was stripped naked and left in a cupboard with the door Sellotaped shut for more than 10 hours, while his family went on a day trip to Blackpool.

A jury was also told that after he suffered a blow from a stiletto heel, the women used Superglue to stick the wound together instead of taking him to hospital.

Judge Peter Hunt said: “The offences of which you have now been convicted show very serious ill treatment of a young, defenceless boy.

“Only immediate prison sentences are appropriate in respect of both of you.”

The defendants, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, were remanded in custody.

Judge Hunt thanked the jury members for their attention during “this unpleasant case.” The boy and his two sisters now live at their grandparents’ house.

As the judge addressed the defendants, the boy’s aunt wiped a tear from her face with a tissue in the packed public gallery.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to child cruelty and neglect against the child between August 2012 and April 2014.