Woman confined for acceptance boyish son to ‘rot to death’ in Leeds

The mother and grandmother of a teenager who was allowed to “rot to death” on an inflatable mattress have been sentenced to four and three years in prison respectively.

Jordan Burling was said to have resembled a victim of a second world war camp when paramedics found him lying on a makeshift bed in his Leeds home, weighing 38kg.

His mother, Dawn Cranston, 45, and his grandmother, Denise Cranston, 70, were jailed at Leeds crown ourt on Thursday after being found guilty of manslaughter earlier this week.

The judge, Mr Justice Spencer, told the women it was “almost beyond belief” Burling “should have been allowed to die in his own house, here in Leeds, in 2016, in the bosom of his family”.

He said pictures of the teenager in an emaciated state were “hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims of extermination camps in the second world war”.

Burling’s aunt Susan Burling had earlier read a victim personal statement on behalf of his father, Steven.

She said the family were trying to cope with a “living nightmare”.

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