Mum who let son starve to death walks free after two years in time for Christmas

The mum of a teenager she let waste away and die has been freed from prison in time for Christmas.

When Jordan Burling lost his life he weighed less than six stone.

The 18-year-old was found by paramedics lying lifelessly on the makeshift bed, wearing a soiled nappy, at his home in Farnley, Leeds in June 2016.

He died later that day.

In July 2018 his mother Dawn Cranston, 45, was sentenced to four years in prison, with his grandmother Denise Cranston, 70, to serve three after both were convicted of manslaughter.

Dawn Cranston will now spend Christmas as a free woman after being released less than two years into her sentence.

“It’s sickening that after what she was found guilty of she is now back walking the streets,” a source told The Sun.

“She’s not shown an ounce of remorse over what happened or for how Jordan ended up dying.”

The way Jordan was treated shocked the country when it came to light back in 2018.

The teenager was covered in bed sores, weighed less than six stone and was so emaciated that his bones were exposed.

An expert described his condition as being like the victim of a World War Two death camp.

Following the sentencing of his mum and grandma, police released a harrowing image of Jordan with his bones jutting out – as well as a picture of the cluttered living room where he was found.

The room in Leeds can be seen filled with sheets, bits of paper, clothes, toys and other miscellaneous items, with barely any floor space visible.

Jordan’s sister, Abigail Burling, then 25, was found not guilty of manslaughter by jurors during the same trial, but guilty of an alternative charge of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable person.

She was sentenced to 18 months.

Mr Justice Spencer said it was “a profound disgrace and almost beyond belief” that Jordan “should have been allowed to die in his own home… in the bosom of his family.”

He added that, with proper medical care in hospital, the boy’s life could have been saved. But instead, he was “condemned to a lingering death”.

The judge also said pictures of the teenager in an emaciated state were “hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims of extermination camps in the Second World War”.

During the five-week trial, the court had heard Jordan was discovered lying on the mattress in his living room in Butterbowl Garth, Farnley.

Paramedics had been called to the house by Dawn Cranston, police said.

Nicholas Lumley QC, prosecuting, described the extent of the neglect that the teenager’s mum and gran had showed towards him.

He told jurors: “Jordan had been allowed to decay, to rot to death, by those closest to him, over a period of, at least, several weeks.”

Medics had spent around 50 minutes trying to revive the boy after he was found at the ‘house of horrors’.

Despite their efforts he died as a result of acute bronchopneumonia, the jury heard, resulting from malnutrition, immobility and infected bed sores.

Giving evidence during the trial, Dawn Cranston claimed that Jordan suddenly started to lose weight in April 2016.

But she said he refused to go to the doctors after previously being turned away for arriving “a minute late”.

Crying throughout her account of the months before his death, she claimed the teenager “suddenly got to the point where he would not move out of the chair or anything like that”.

She added: “He did not think he would die.

“I did not want him to die.”

The remains of a newborn baby boy were also discovered at the family’s home.

Prior to the trial, Dawn Cranston had admitted endeavouring to conceal a birth after hiding the remains of her dead baby in a rucksack.

The court heard how she endured a labour alone in her bedroom after suffering intense pains in around 2002 when she was unaware she was pregnant.