Parents tied toddler into car seat

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The parents of an 18-month-old baby boy tied him into a car safety seat for 10 nights to prevent him undoing his nappy and making a mess, Gloucester Crown Court was told yesterday.

The child's mother and stepfather, both 23 and from Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, admitted wilfully ill-treating him by keeping him "cocooned" in the safety seat at nights. The mother was sentenced to six months' jail suspended for a year, and the stepfather was ordered to do 175 hours of community service. The judge said he was satisfied they had been "irresponsible and misguided in the extreme" rather than deliberately cruel.