Children left dirty and hungry in Blackburn home

This Is Lancashire: Children left dirty and hungry in Blackburn home Children left dirty and hungry in Blackburn home

A FATHER of eight was left to look after all his children when his wife went to Pakistan because a relative was sick.

Blackburn magistrates heard when social workers went to the family home in Blackburn on a pre-arranged visit they found five of the children had been left home alone.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the children were dirty and dishevelled and had not eaten since the previous day.

And she said once the children had been taken into care the house was boarded up and condemned it was in such a state.

The man, who cannot be named because it would identify the children, pleaded guilty to five charges of child neglect.

He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced, with a condition of bail that he does not contact any of his children.

Miss Allan said children in the house were aged between 10 months and 13 years of age.

There had been concerns over their welfare in the past, with a number of missed appointments with medical professionals. In the past, a four- year-old child of the family was found wandering the streets on his own.

“The parents had been sent a letter saying social services would be visiting on the date of the offence in October,” said Miss Allan.

“When social workers knocked on the door a five-year-old child came into view but did not open the door. They could not leave and called the police.”

Miss Allan said the children were unkempt. The baby was rocking itself for self-comfort and another child was banging his head, another sign of self-comfort. “Three children looked malnourished and none had eaten since the day before,” said Miss Allan.

Amjid Mahmood, defending, said the defendant’s wife had been in Pakistan for two weeks at the time of the incident.

“Even the most wonderful parent in the world would struggle with eight children under the age of 13,” said Mr Mahmood.

“He accepts it was a very poor decision on his part to leave the children. He had taken three to Tesco to do some shopping. A friend who was meant to come and sit with the children let him down.”

Mr Mahmood said his client claimed the children had been fed that morning and the night before when they had a takeaway. “He says the children had clothes and disputes that they were in a filthy state,” said Mr Mahmood.

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11:14am Mon 24 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

No comment!!
No comment!! Lancs - pensioner

12:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Commenting says...

Hope the Inland Revenue are informed to stop the child tax credits.
Hope the Inland Revenue are informed to stop the child tax credits. Commenting

12:44pm Mon 24 Feb 14

mmickk says...

For the children and home to be in that state the mother must have been away for a lot longer than 2 weeks or she was neglecting them as well how sad. Its to much for any parents to cope with that many kids very irresponsible.
For the children and home to be in that state the mother must have been away for a lot longer than 2 weeks or she was neglecting them as well how sad. Its to much for any parents to cope with that many kids very irresponsible. mmickk

1:18pm Mon 24 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

Eight Children? A wonderful example of what Blackburn with Darwen ’s ‘Good Neighbours’ campaign has achieved!
Eight Children? A wonderful example of what Blackburn with Darwen ’s ‘Good Neighbours’ campaign has achieved! abetterblackburn

2:01pm Mon 24 Feb 14

juanbbien says...

Should have put something on the end of it,I mean who needs eight for goodness sake
Should have put something on the end of it,I mean who needs eight for goodness sake juanbbien

2:25pm Mon 24 Feb 14

khakkij says...

Disgusting., 8 kids., bet they didnt struggle getting money every week for them and all the other freebies., anything could have happened, i trust they arent getting them back., they dont deserve them., a child banging its head in distress is terrible and she was away a dam sight longer than 2 weeks., i will follow this story and make sure the innocent children dont go back to them scumbags
Disgusting., 8 kids., bet they didnt struggle getting money every week for them and all the other freebies., anything could have happened, i trust they arent getting them back., they dont deserve them., a child banging its head in distress is terrible and she was away a dam sight longer than 2 weeks., i will follow this story and make sure the innocent children dont go back to them scumbags khakkij

7:25pm Mon 24 Feb 14

M.DANNY says...

His wife should have taken the 8 kids to Pakistan since he is not up the job of being a good father who neglected the kid's of food and clothing.
How do you expect others to look after your kid's, you and your wife should have thought of having 8 kids and making a trip to Pakistan every year to see grandparents.
I had three kid's and it was struggle to bring up 3 kids ,bringing up kids is not easy with all the everyday task of taking care of your kid's wellbeing.
Looking after your family is a man's job and your wife take care of wellbeing of husband and kids. The wife make sure her husband and kids get fed and clothes that are clean .The wife cooks and wash the clothes and all other day to day household chores.
You let your wife go to Pakistan and you are to blame for neglecting your kids.
His wife should have taken the 8 kids to Pakistan since he is not up the job of being a good father who neglected the kid's of food and clothing. How do you expect others to look after your kid's, you and your wife should have thought of having 8 kids and making a trip to Pakistan every year to see grandparents. I had three kid's and it was struggle to bring up 3 kids ,bringing up kids is not easy with all the everyday task of taking care of your kid's wellbeing. Looking after your family is a man's job and your wife take care of wellbeing of husband and kids. The wife make sure her husband and kids get fed and clothes that are clean .The wife cooks and wash the clothes and all other day to day household chores. You let your wife go to Pakistan and you are to blame for neglecting your kids. M.DANNY

9:18pm Mon 24 Feb 14

drunken donut says...

It's their culture init.
It's their culture init. drunken donut

10:05pm Mon 24 Feb 14

woolywords says...

This really shows how the other half lives, doesn't it?
How hard can it be for a man to learn to read the operating instructions on a washing machine, make a few bowls of cereal or pan of stew?
It's not like it's rocket science or anything, is it?
There should be domesticity lessons, while the kids are in madrassa really.
What makes it worse is that they will insist that woman has only half a brain!
This really shows how the other half lives, doesn't it? How hard can it be for a man to learn to read the operating instructions on a washing machine, make a few bowls of cereal or pan of stew? It's not like it's rocket science or anything, is it? There should be domesticity lessons, while the kids are in madrassa really. What makes it worse is that they will insist that woman has only half a brain! woolywords

10:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

katypri says...

Sorry but you need to look after your own never mind going to look after a relative
Sorry but you need to look after your own never mind going to look after a relative katypri

10:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Lancs Away says...

Living in such a state....I wonder how much they are raking into the home in benefits, all benefits should be withdrawn
Living in such a state....I wonder how much they are raking into the home in benefits, all benefits should be withdrawn Lancs Away

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