South West Wales

Mother denies neglecting son with oats and veg diet

A mother has denied child neglect by feeding her 15-year-old son only porridge oats and vegetables.

The woman, 49, from the Ceredigion area, is also accused of forcing the schoolboy to sleep on cardboard sheets on a wooden floor.

She faces two counts of child neglect and one of child cruelty over a period of 18 months, at Swansea Crown Court.

The woman was given unconditional bail ahead of a trial on 2 June. Her son is currently in foster care.

The 15-minute court hearing was told the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at the family home after being reported by her son.

The court heard how a trial will hear evidence from the boy as well as considering GP's medical records.

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