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Heartless mother, sister, and grandma do nothing as teenage boy starves to death in a soiled diaper

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When paramedics were called to a house in Leeds, they arrived to find an 18-year-old who was lying on an inflatable mattress and wearing a soiled diaper. The teenager, Jordan Burling, was visibly “very emaciated” and had gone into cardiac arrest, but despite the efforts of the paramedics, Jordan did not survive.

The first person to enter the living room and see Jordan in his malnourished state was PC Ben McNamara, of West Yorkshire Police, who said, “It’s the worst I’ve seen in 10 years as a police officer, the state he was in was shocking – he was extremely thin, emaciated.”

The boy’s mother, Dawn Cranston showed no concern when the medics were trying to revive her dying son. “She did not seem to be bothered about what was going on, she did not seem to be in shock,” a witness said, as reported by BBC.

Although the family said the boy was “normally fit and well,” Paramedic Graham Farah said that Jordan was wearing an “adult nappy” and “all you could see was bone structure.” For putting Jordan through immense starvation, his mother, Dawn Cranston was accused of manslaughter.

What was even more shocking for the uniformed officers who arrived at the scene was the lack of emotion that the family showed after Jordan breathed his last. The very first question that his mother, Dawn asked was: “How much does a funeral cost?”

“I was surprised by everyone’s lack of emotion, it’s a strange thing to say after he had just died,” recalled PC Ben McNamara.

After Jordan’s death, his mother, Dawn, his grandmother, Denise Cranston, and his sister, Abigail Burling denied playing any role in his death, but they were accused of leaving the teenager to “rot to death.”

The court heard how Jordan was so grossly neglected that he weighed just 5st 11lbs (38kg); his bones were exposed, and there were pressure sores on his body. The judge found Jordan’s physical state to be “hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims in the extermination camps of the second world war,” as reported by he Guardian.

Following Jordan’s death in 2016, Dawn and Denise were found guilty of manslaughter. The mother was sentenced to four years in prison while the grandmother was sentenced to three. Sister, Abigail, was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable person and was given a jail sentence of 18 months.

The judge also noted: “Although the house was full of clutter, you all had mobile phones, laptop or tablet computers, and a great deal of other equipment. The house was well-stocked with food. There were three refrigerators or freezers.”

If Jordan was given proper medical care, he may have been saved from the fate of “lying for three months on an airbed and mattress in the living room of the family home, emaciated, immobile and doubly incontinent,” the judge said.

The police had released the jarring picture of Jordan with his bones sticking through his skin after the sentence was doled out to the three women, along with a picture of the cluttered living room, as reported by Mirror.

About four years after Jordan’s death, it was reported that Dawn is now a free woman as she was released less than two years after her sentence began. A source told The Sun, “It’s sickening that after what she was found guilty of she is now back walking the streets. She’s not shown an ounce of remorse over what happened or for how Jordan ended up dying.”

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