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to slip through our so­ci­ety’s net.”

The court heard the mother of the young­sters ad­mit­ted she could not re­mem­ber when the bath­room was last cleaned and ac­cepted her kitchen fa­cil­i­ties de­served to be “con­demned”.

The cou­ple had both been cau­tioned by po­lice over the state of their home in the past but failed to learn their les­son.

Po­lice were called to the ad­dress af­ter chil­dren’s ser­vices dis­cov­ered the shock­ing con­di­tions the chil­dren were liv­ing in.

Pho­to­graphs taken in­side the house showed the state of squalor the chil­dren had been sub­jected to, with rub­bish and clothes piled up in every room.

The first of­fi­cer to ar­rive at the scene im­me­di­ately took the chil­dren into pro­tec­tive cus­tody when he saw their state.

Prose­cu­tor Daniel Pen­man told the court: “He de­scribed an over­whelm­ing smell of urine and rot­ting food from the kitchen.

“The car­pet in the hall was thick with dog hair, such that its orig­i­nal colour could not be de­ter­mined.

“The down­stairs toi­let was heav­ily stained with fae­ces and there was fe­cal mat­ter next to the toi­let.

“The smell was so strong it made his eyes wa­ter.

“There was a lot of flies in the house. Food was stashed in­side a filthy re­frig­er­a­tor in ur­gent need of a clean

“He also in­spected the kitchen and found it to be full of rot­ting food. There was fae­ces on the floor and soiled men’s un­der­wear.

“In the liv­ing room, again, there was rot­ting food and fae­cal mat­ter on the floor.”

The court heard the chil­dren’s hair was crawl­ing with lice and eggs and had been in that state for up to three years.

Both par­ents were jailed for two years each af­ter ad­mit­ting child ne­glect.

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