Child abuse father jailed

A FATHER who neglected his children so badly that they ate pet food was yesterday jailed for eight years.

Social workers were alerted by neighbours to sexual abuse and cruelty suffered by three girls aged 15, 5 and 3 and an 18-month-old boy at their home near Ashington, Northumberland.

The children were placed in foster care where the youngest two children ate food from a bowl put out for a dog, Newcastle Crown Court was told.

The man, 41, had admitted cruelty and indecently assaulting the two eldest girls. His wife, 40, who also admitted cruelty, will be sentenced after a psychiatric report is prepared.

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