Mum Faces Court For Forcing her Son To Live In A Coal Shed.
A coal shed ... boy was 'forced' to live in one (not pictured)
A MOTHER and her lover were yesterday accused of forcing her 10-year-old son to live for over a YEAR in an old coal shed.
Police described it as a rubbish-strewn "cell" — and magistrates were told it contained a soiled mattress, a potty and dirty clothes.
The converted outhouse — in the couple's back garden — was said to have been locked from the outside. It contained no personal items or toys.
The boy was allegedly made to live there throughout the winter months — from January 1, 2010 until January 25, 2011.
Details of the harrowing case emerged as the 39-year-old mother and a man aged 45 attended court on charges of ill-treating and neglecting a child.
The mother appeared before magistrates in Blackpool, Lancs, dressed in skin-tight jeans and leopard-print boots.
Prosecutors said that the couple were arrested after an incident at the child's school.
Officers and social services went to the house and found the boy living in the former coal shed, magistrates were told.
Neither defendant entered a plea to the charges. An order was made banning identification of the boy, now believed to be 12.
Prosecutor Martine Connah told justices the case was not suitable to be dealt with at a magistrates' court.
The couple were bailed until February 29, for the case to be committed to crown court.
They must not have contact with the boy or any child under 16 as conditions of bail.
The boy is now in the care of social services.