Mother and grandmother who left teenager 'to rot' found guilty of manslaughter

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‘<em>Left to rot’ – Jordan Burling’s emaciated body was found in June 30, 2016, after being left to ‘rot to death’ by his mother, sister and grandmother, a court heard (Picture: SWNS)</em>
Left to rot’ – Jordan Burling’s emaciated body was found in June 30, 2016, after being left to ‘rot to death’ by his mother, sister and grandmother, a court heard (Picture: SWNS)

The mother and grandmother of an 18-year-old boy who died after being left to “rot to death” have been found guilty of manslaughter.

Jordan Burling weighed little more than six stone when paramedics found him lying on a filthy inflatable mattress, wearing a soiled nappy and covered in pressure sores on June 30, 2016, a court heard.

He died as a result of malnutrition, immobility and infection-riddles sores, prosecutors said.

<em>Jordan’s mother Dawn Cranston (centre), his grandmother Denise Cranston (left) and sister Abigail Burling (right) were all found to have played a part in the 18-year-old’s ill-treatment (Picture: SWNS)</em>
Jordan’s mother Dawn Cranston (centre), his grandmother Denise Cranston (left) and sister Abigail Burling (right) were all found to have played a part in the 18-year-old’s ill-treatment (Picture: SWNS)

Jordan’s mother Dawn Cranston, 45, and grandmother Denise Cranston, 70, were both found to have played a part in the teen’s ill-treatment which led to his death and were found guilty of manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court.

Jordan’s sister, Abigail Burling, 25, who lived nearby and often visited the family home, was found guilty of an alternate charge of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable person.

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All three will be sentenced on July 12.

Gerry Wareham, from Yorkshire and Humberside CPS, said the case was one of the most shocking they had ever dealt with.

<em>Shocking – the CPS said it was one of the worst cases they had ever dealt with (Picture: SWNS)</em>
Shocking – the CPS said it was one of the worst cases they had ever dealt with (Picture: SWNS)

He said: “These women had a duty of care towards Jordan. However, the CPS showed the court that instead they allowed him to rot to death in his own home.

“His bed sores were so deep they left bone exposed and when he died, he weighed less than six stone.

“An expert said it was the worst case of malnutrition they have seen in 26 years’ experience, and likened Jordan’s condition to that of a World War Two concentration camp victim.”

“Words cannot begin to convey the extent of Jordan’s terrible suffering at the hands of the very people he should have been able to trust the most.

“Those responsible for that suffering have been found guilty of causing his death.”

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