Saturday, July 30, 2011

Emily Harbour left her two young children 'home alone' surrounded by excrement and rotting food has avoided jail despite an appalling case of neglect

A mother who left her two young children 'home alone' surrounded by excrement and rotting food has avoided jail despite an appalling case of child neglect.

Emily Harbour, 22, left her 14-month-old baby boy and his four-year-old brother to fend for themselves for 90 minutes while she visited a boyfriend.

Police were confronted with a sickening stench as they forced their way past bags of rubbish, soiled nappies and blood-stained blankets when they broke into the house in Newbury, Berkshire.

At first they thought the baby was dead when they found him lying in a cot with a dirty old curtain over his face. However, he was still breathing.

Among the filth surrounding him, they found a sex toy as well as urine and human excrement.

When officers found his four-year-old brother hiding under a duvet in a room littered with junk, he told them: 'Mummy says I am old enough to look after myself.'

The cowardly mother covered her face with a scarf and sunglasses as she arrived at court to be punished for leaving her sons.

Dark-haired Harbour, who looked much younger than her years, was allowed to walk free from court after being given a six month jail sentence suspended for two years for the child cruelty offences. Read More