Friday, October 25, 2013

Dad arrested for neglect after leaving baby, four kids home along (United Kingdom)

UNNAMED DAD. Account rather vague on why Mum was "out of the country."

Dad arrested for neglect as he leaves a baby and four children home alone 

A DAD has been arrested after a baby and four children under 13 were left home alone.

By Ross Kaniuk/Published 25th October 2013

Their mum was out of the country and the father was away from the house when police broke down a door.

Officers went to the property after being alerted by a concerned health visitor. The five youngsters were taken into care – and they were later joined by three more children from the same family who were at school when the others were rescued.

Four of the children found in the house were taken to hospital for check-ups. When their father returned home, he was arrested on suspicion of child neglect.

After being interviewed, he was bailed until December 4.

A police spokesman said: “We had to kick the door down to gain entry.

“The house was not clean. It was dirty.

“We had enough concerns to take the children because of the condition of the house and the children themselves. We contacted social services who took care of the children.”

All eight children, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were placed in emergency care by council social workers.

Meanwhile, a joint investigation into the family and the father’s conduct was launched by police and social services in Blackburn, Lancs.

Paul Lee, head of safeguarding at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “I can confirm we were alerted by police to an alleged case of child neglect.

“We have taken appropriate action to make sure the children are protected.”