Mother and grandmother guilty of manslaughter over teen 'left to rot' at Leeds house

A mother and grandmother have been found guilty of manslaughter over the death of an 18-year-old man who died after being found in an emaciated condition at a house in Leeds.

Jordan Burling was "skin and bone" and weighed less than six stones when paramedics found him lying on a filthy inflatable mattress, covered in pressure sores at his family home on Butterbowl Garth, Farnley.

Jordan Burling

Jordan Burling

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Jordan's mother, Dawn Cranston, 45, and grandmother, Denise Cranston, 70, were today found guilty of manslaughter after a six-week trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Jordan's sister Abigail Burling, 25, was found not guilty of manslaughter but guilty of an alternative charge of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult.

Jordan died as a result of malnutrition, immobility and infection-riddled sores after being “allowed to decay” before his death.

(L-R) Denise Cranston, Abigail Burling and Dawn Cranston arrive at Leeds Crown Court.

(L-R) Denise Cranston, Abigail Burling and Dawn Cranston arrive at Leeds Crown Court.

Jurors were told his body was likened to those of prisoners held in Second World War extermination camps.

Police also discovered the remains of Dawn Cranston's full-term newborn baby, which had been stuffed into a rucksack, when they searched the property following Jordan's death in June 2016.

Dawn Cranston has admitted endeavouring to concealing the birth of a child.

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Denise Cranston at Leeds Crown Court.

Denise Cranston at Leeds Crown Court.

All three defendants are likely to be sentenced later this week.

During the trial Dawn admitted hiding her dead baby's body in a wardrobe for 14 years but told the court she did not smother him to death.

She described how she put her stillborn baby in a rucksack and hid it in the wardrobe after giving birth in 2002.

The mother said she secretly gave birth in a bedroom as the rest of her family were downstairs watching sport on television.

Dawn also claimed she had pleaded with Jordan to see a doctor shortly before his death but claimed he refused to see one.

She told the court she became concerned around Christmas 2015 when he became ill and lost weight.

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During the trial jurors were shown distressing photographs of Jordan's body as a pathologist gave evidence.

Dr Kirsten Hope said the teenager was in such a poor condition that some of his bones were exposed

Dr Hope, a Home Office pathologist, said the cause of death was bronchopneumonia - an acute chest infection.

She said the underlying cause of the chest infection was malnutrition.

Dr Hope said the pressure sores indicated that he had been immobile for a long period of time.

She told the court: "The overall state of Jordan's body indicates neglect."