Father of teenager who was left to die ‘suffering a living nightmare’

The father of a teenager who was left to “rot to death” in his own home is suffering a “living nightmare”, a judge sentencing the youngster’s mother and grandmother has been told.

Jordan Burling, 18, was said to have resembled the victim of a Second World War death camp when paramedics found him weighing just 6st, lying lifeless on a makeshift bed in his Leeds house, Leeds Crown Court has heard.

His 45-year-old mother Dawn Cranston and grandmother Denise Cranston, 70, were found guilty of manslaughter earlier this week.

Jordan Burling was left to ‘rot to death’ on an inflatable mattress (West Yorkshire Police/PA)

At the beginning of a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Mr Burling’s aunt, Susan Burling, read a victim statement on behalf of his father Steven.

Ms Burling said the family was trying to cope with a “living nightmare”.

The statement said: “I just can’t understand why all these horrific things have happened to me and my family.”

Mr Burling’s 25-year-old sister, Abigail Burling, was found not guilty of manslaughter but guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable person.

The trial jury also heard how police found the decomposed body of a baby in the house.

- Press Association


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