A young boy, aged 11, went blind after he was kept with his two-year-old sister in a unsanitary house leading to him going blind due to cataracts.
His parents, Gillian Hendry and Craig Dick from Stockton-on-Tees, have been jailed for two and half years and two years and three months respectively.
A leaked social services report has slammed council staff for not intervening for the two children despite several opportunities between 2007 and 2013.
The report on the case said: ‘(The boy) reported that he was blind in his left eye.
‘He said he remembered his eye being sticky then cloudy before going black.
‘Miss Hendry appeared to be oblivious to his eye and claimed to be unaware that (the boy) was unable to see.’
The boy’s case had actually been closed twice before the full extent of his parent’s neglect and cruelty was exposed.
Bedrooms were found to be used as toilets and the home playing host to vermin and other unhygienic parasites.
The staircase was found dirty with trodden in food and bin bags found on steps full of soiled nappies.