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.