Mum who let son, 18, starve to death in nappies released in time for Christmas

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A callous mum who allowed her teenage son to starve to death has reportedly been released from jail in time for Christmas and after serving less than two years behind bars.

Dawn Cranston was found guilty of manslaughter over the death of her 18-year-old son Jordan Burling, who died from malnutrition in 2016 after being starved for six months in Leeds, Yorkshire.

The teen was found emaciated, living in squalid conditions and weighing less than six stone – with details of the case shocking the nation when they emerged two years later.

Mum Dawn was sentenced to four years behind bars over the death – but now the 45-year-old has been released after serving less than two.

A source told The Sun Online: “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.”

Jordan’s harrowing case was uncovered in 2016 when mum Dawn called 999 – with police finding the teen confined to a mattress on the living room floor, covered in deep bedsores, distressingly thin, and living in nappies.

After a search of the property, cops discovered the remains of Jordan’s baby brother which had been hidden in a rucksack and stored in a cupboard for 14 years.

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Jordan’s grandmother, Denise, was also found guilty of manslaughter, while his 25-year-old sister, Abigail, was convicted of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable person.

It was revealed Jordan had died after his weight dropped dramatically after he was restricted to a diet of five milkshakes per day.

Prosecutor Nicholas Lumley QC told the jury during the course of the trial in 2018: "The fault lies with each of the accused.

"What met the eyes of the paramedics was a shocking and disturbing scene.

"Jordan was lying, utterly helpless, on an inflatable mattress in a cluttered living room.

"He was little more than skin and bones, he weighed 37kg, less than six stones. He wore a soiled nappy under some pyjamas.

"The expert dietitian said they had never seen such malnutrition in 26 years and likened the condition of the body to that found in WWII extermination camps.

"His heart stopped, his life could not be saved. He expired in that living room."

The Sun reports that Dawn is now living in a bail hostel, with a Ministry of Justice spokesperson stating: “This accommodation allows us to closely monitor prison leavers – reducing the likelihood of them reoffending.”

The Daily Star has approached the MoJ for further comment.

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