Page last updated at 15:14 GMT, Monday, 15 September 2008 16:14 UK

Mum and gran neglected child, 3

Llandudno Magistrates' Court
The court heard the three-year-old girl's home had smelled of urine

The mother and grandmother of a three-year-old girl who lived in squalor have both admitted child neglect.

Llandudno magistrates heard that the girl's former home was unfit to live in, with dog mess left on floors, and her new home had been even worse.

The mother, 22, and grandmother, 48, a nurse still working in the public sector, were released on bail and will be sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Both women, who cannot be identified, were said to be depressed at the time.

Prosecutor James Neary said the two women left their former home unfit to live in.

The court heard that the owner was gravely concerned and called in social services and environmental health officials.

Among the problems were dog mess on floors, rotting food and a smell of urine.

Mr Neary said it appeared that it was not until seven months later that social services visited the new family home.

A health visitor had bumped into the girl and her mother in a street.

The court heard there was a strong smell of dirt on the child's clothes although she seemed happy.

Police and social workers went to the house and the prosecutor suggested that conditions were worse than in their previous home.

"All the floors and surfaces presented a danger to the child," said Mr Neary.

The youngster, who cannot be identified, was placed in foster care for a fortnight before being returned home after the women had been given advice by social services.

Mr Neary said the grandmother was a registered nurse "who should know better".

'Unfit'

Fiona Larkin, defending, said both women were "totally remorseful" and there was no suggestion the girl suffered any injury.

"They have significantly cleaned the house," she said.

Social workers had made unannounced visits to the house and now had no concerns, she added.

Court chairwoman Jean Bryson said: "The property was clearly unfit for the raising of a vulnerable child."



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