Crieff couple admonished for neglect
A Strath couple who failed to provide a young baby with adequate hygiene or care have escaped punishment after “responding well” to social work input.
Deborah McNeill ( 28) and Bruce Stevenson ( 36), both of Crieff, also denied the youngster clean clothing and footwear, Perth Sheriff Court was told.
In addition, they omitted to seek medical attention when the child needed it, according to the charge.
The pair walked free from court after they admitted wilfully neglecting the child in circumstances likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to the youngster’s health.
The contravention of the 1937 Children and Young Persons’ Act took place over a two-week period - from March 16 to 30, 2016, at an address near Crieff.
Not guilty pleas were accepted to three other charges relating to a total of three young children.
One of them had alleged that between August 2, 2015, and March 18, 2016, at an address in Crieff, they wilfully neglected the three youngsters in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury to their health.
They were accused of failing to ensure the children were afforded proper hygiene, as well as clean, proper fitting clothing and footwear.
The female accused had also been charged with failing to safeguard the well-being of the youngest child at an address near Crieff between March 14 and 30, 2016.
On that occasion the baby was said to have been pulled by its feet across the floor by another child, causing a head injury.
The pair also faced a final charge of wilfully neglecting the children by failing to provide proper footwear and clothing for them between March 14 and 30 last year, again at an address near Crieff, resulting in an adverse effect on their health and well-being.
The pair were to have faced trial last year but a guilty plea was accepted by the prosecution to the single charge. Sentence on the pair had been deferred.
Sheriff William Wood told them: “Clearly I have been following this matter for some months and it’s been encouraging to note there has been no repetition. This sort of lack of care is not acceptable.”
He also hoped the child had experienced “no longlasting trauma.”
The sheriff added: “You both appear as first offenders. I do hope you don’t appear in court on any matter again.”
Both were admonished on the single charge.