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15 January 2019, 19:07 | Updated: 27 January 2019, 07:13
A mother from Peterborough who admitted neglecting her teenage daughter has been given an eight month suspended sentence.
The woman, who is in her 40s was arrested last February after a number of concerns were raised for the welfare of her daughter, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Her home environment was described by officers as horrendous.
It was dirty, cluttered and smelly, with swarms of flies circulating.
The defendant neglected to ensure her daughter attended school regularly and failed to address her health issues.
She also encouraged her to lie to professionals who were trying to help.
The court heard there was only mouldy, rotten food in the fridge, no clean clothes available, and there was cat faeces all over the floor.
The woman was sentenced today (15th January) at Peterborough Crown Court.
She was also ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and pay a £140 victim surcharge. Her daughter is now safe in a foster placement.
DC Julie Ellison, who investigated, said:
"This was a shocking case of neglect of a defenceless child by someone who should have been there to protect her.
Authorities tried on a number of occasions to support the woman but unfortunately she didn't help herself.
We are pleased that justice has been done and the girl can hopefully now enjoy a brighter future."