Bill McVicar Mike Gibbons
caption Mget Wade and Mie Sweeney be sentenced in the ye

The pents of a malnourished toddler who died have admitted neglecting the .

Two-ye- Lauren Wade was emaciated, and riddled with lice when she died in Mch 2015.

The filthy flat she lived in with pents Mget Wade, 38, and Mie Sweeney, 37, was described by one detective as the worst he had seen.

The pr admitted the wilful ill-treatment and neglect of Lauren between June 2014 and Mch 2015.

They also pled guilty to a simil chge in connection with two er between 2007 and 2015.

‘Plnly unwell’

The High in hed that the couple, of Town, , did not keep the , provide proper clothes or ce.

Bill McVic sd: “The most significant effect of the flure to provide a proper is the of Lauren which caused complications ing to her .”

The hed Lauren was “plnly unwell” and “emaciated” before she died.

On 20 Mch 2015, a 999 c was made after Lauren was found to be “unresponsive”.

The was rushed to – but ound 30 minutes later she was pronounced dead.

Lauren was described as “skinny, and unkempt” at the . She also had a sodden ny, bald patches and “thonds” of lice.

High Court
caption Lauren Wade was two when she died

Mr McVic sd: “Pamedics later noticed that the cover she had been lying on was cove in lice and fleas.

“They had to and decontaminate the ambulance.”

A post mortem revealed Lauren had been the victim of “severe neglect”. She died due to complications with .

was also evidence that lice had been for “over 17 months” of her .

The hed the flat in Sighthill, , was litte with rubbish, leftover , plates and clothes. were also hunds of insects and flies.

‘No guilt’

One detective who later ed the Foutnwell Drive flat ed it “one of the most disgusting s” he had visited in his ceer.

Mr McVic sd: “It was neither a suitable nor for .”

Wade was described in as Lauren’s m but both she and Sweeney regded themselves as the toddler’s pents.

The pr were initiy treated as witnesses during the probe and later assessed by .

Mr McVic sd: “Mget Wade accepted no responsibility for her flings in basic penting.

“She sd she had no guilt over Lauren’s .”

Sweeney mean accepted she should have been “more forceful” regding the state of the .

Wade and Sweeney originy faced a culpable homicide egation but s accepted their guilty pleas to an amended chge of wilful ill-treatment and neglect.

Sweeney’s QC Ian Duguid sd: “Thankfully a of this type is a rity in this country in the 21st century.”

Their yers asked for their bl to be continued.

But Lady remanded them in custody as sentencing was defer for reports.



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