Woman kept four children locked in dirty flat with little food

The children were left unsupervised with a pit-bull dog in the flat, which had decaying food in bins and mouldy plates.

Woman admits keeping four children locked in dirty flat with little food in Rutherglen SNS Group

A woman has admitted keeping four children locked in a dirty flat with little food.

Nicole Stewart pled guilty to two charges which span between November 19 2020 and October 10 2021 at a flat in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire.

Court papers state the 33-year-old did “wilfully expose” the youngsters in a manner which could cause them “unnecessary suffering”.

The children were left in the flat unsupervised and with a pit-bull dog “for an extended period of time”.

Stewart left them without a key to unlock doors and with insufficient “suitable food and drinks to eat”.

The charge describes the children as “unclean” and without proper clothes in a flat which had decaying food in open bin bags as well as mould on plates.

Plugged-in hair appliances, knives, scissors and cleaning products were left within reach of the youngsters.

Stewart pled guilty to the allegations under the Children and Young Persons Act during a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday.

She will be sentenced next month where more information surrounding the circumstances will be heard.

Stewart remains on bail in the meantime.