Toddler found wandering streets in dirty nappy

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A TODDLER was found wandering the streets in a soiled nappy while those responsible for caring for him were high on drugs with no idea where he was.

The one-year-old was discovered in the road alone by concerned neighbours, while his three-year-old sister was in a house which was covered in cat faeces.

Now the pair responsible for the youngsters on that day, 40-year-old Scott Barr and Angela Stevenson, 33, of Meadowcroft, St Annes, have been handed suspended jail sentences at Preston Crown Court.

Insp Tony Baxter, head of the public protection unit at Blackpool Police, described how police were called to the scene and found both Barr and Stevenson were under the influence of drugs with no idea the younger child had left the house.

Insp Baxter said: “A member of the public contacted the police after a one-year-old boy was found wandering in the street.

“The members of the public were so concerned about them they called an ambulance.

“The house was in a poor state, it was very dirty with lots of cat faeces and the defendants were so high they were barely able to walk let alone look after any children.

“They had no idea the young child had found his way on to the street and the children had dirty, soiled nappies on.”

After police were called, on Friday, July 9 last year, the children were immediately taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Barr and Stevenson were arrested and charged and were this week each handed 26 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months, after admitting three counts of child cruelty.

Insp Baxter added: “Children have the right to be looked after and a right to be kept clean.

“Clearly these defendants were actually engaged in drug taking when they should have been looking after the children.

“They are irresponsible, a one-year-old was found wandering the street and that’s a very dangerous situation.

“It’s only by the vigilance of members of the public a potential tragedy has been averted. The sentence sends out a strong message that we expect people to look after children and carry out their responsibilities.”

Barr was also handed a nine-month drug rehabilitation order and 12 months’ supervision, while Stevenson was given an 18-month supervision order.