Preg­nant mum forced to wash kids in toi­lets at su­per­mar­ket after flat left cov­ered in poo

Solihull News - - NEWS - CATHRINA HULSE cathrina. [email protected] reach­plc. com

A PREG­NANT mum was forced to wash her kids in a su­per­mar­ket toi­let amid claims her bath­room was left cov­ered in hu­man waste.

Des­per­ate Char­lene Lewis re­sorted to us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties at a nearby Mor­risons su­per­mar­ket in a bid to keep her chil­dren clean.

She said the bath­room of her Cas­tle Bromwich flat was left cov­ered in ex­cre­ment amid a wran­gle with Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil over plumb­ing re­pairs.

The 25- year- old sin­gle mum claimed waste even poured from the taps of her flat – an al­le­ga­tion de­nied by the au­thor­ity.

She said she was at her wits’ end after weeks of wran­gling with coun­cil con­trac­tors over con­di­tions at her Hurst Lane home.

The is­sue stemmed from a blocked toi­let, Char­lene said.

And, at 30 weeks preg­nant, she said she feared for the health of her un­born child as well as that of her seven- year- old son, Kameron, and daugh­ter, Sabah, three.

The toi­let has now been re­placed but the dis­tressed mother claimed hu­man waste be­gan leak­ing into her bath as well as from taps a fort­night ago.

And Char­lene said she soon re­alised the filthy mess hap­pened when her neigh­bours in flats above her turned on their taps.

She told our sis­ter pa­per the Birm­ing­ham Mail: “I can’t use my sink or bath or any­thing with wa­ter. There is poo up my walls.

“After I re­ported the blocked toi­let, they flooded me out of the bath­room and I had to rip all the car­pets up.

“They ( the coun­cil) should be ashamed. I have no wa­ter and stuff com­ing through my plug holes.

“My flat smells like sew­ers and I’m still wait­ing for a hy­giene clean and ev­ery time some­one is due out I get a text.”

Char­lene said her son was be­ing tested for ADHD and autism and his be­hav­iour meant he would not use any toi­let but his own. He is also ter­ri­fied of get­ting in the bath in case waste poured out.

“He is so upset as we are stay­ing at so many peo­ple’s houses and it up­sets his rou­tine. He tells me, ‘ Christ­mas is ru­ined’. ”

Char­lene said coun­cil staff ad­vised her not to stay in the prop­erty while the prob­lems were in­ves­ti­gated.

But, she said she had not of­fered her al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

She said: “At the mo­ment Sabah is sleep­ing at my nan’s but Kameron will only sleep in his own bed so each night I stay at a friend’s un­til about mid­night then go to sleep in my flat with Cameron un­til 7am the next morn­ing.

“Then I go back to my friend’s to make him sand­wiches for school as I can’t make them at my flat be­cause of the smell and filth.

“But it’s not fair on my friend as she has two chil­dren.”

“I can’t even cook be­cause of the smell.”

Char­lene, who pre­vi­ously lived prob­lem- free at the flat for al­most four years, said she had been forced to bin most of her clothes be­cause of the cling­ing stench.

She even had to throw out a new Moses bas­ket for her baby.

“I’m a sin­gle mum and my kids are liv­ing in a dirty, smelly fault and it’s not my fault.”

Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil said: “While it is not the case that the ten­ant was left with­out toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, there were some out­stand­ing mi­nor works fol­low­ing a leak.

“Fol­low­ing a visit on Wednes­day, De­cem­ber 12, they have now been sched­uled.

“We have also of­fered ad­vice on what ma­te­ri­als can be dis­posed of us­ing the toi­let.

“We would stress that at no point would there have been hu­man waste com­ing from the taps.”

Char­lene Lewis, with son Kameron, is hav­ing prob­lems with raw sewage waste in her bath­room

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