A grandmother has called for her daughter’s children to be taken away after they are made to live in squalid conditions – while their mother is pregnant with her sixth child.
Shocking images have revealed the horrific conditions five children have to live with under with their mother.
Family members of the children, aged seven, six, four, two and one, claim they rarely get enough food and should be taken away from the mother.
The concerned grandmother and aunt shared images of the squalid property, which ‘reeks of urine and faeces’.
One of the girls has reportedly had seven teeth taken out due to poor dental hygiene.
The relatives said the children are ‘good as gold’ but the mother ‘just does not seem to care’ and would rather blame others than take responsibility.
The grandmother told : ‘My daughter, above anyone else, should not be having children, let alone another one.
‘Something needs to be done to remove my grandchildren from that hellhole that they are living in.’
She added: ‘The mouldy food also covers the floor and it worries me that one of these young kids could pick something up and eat it, because that is the sort of thing that young children do.
‘There are cupboards and doors hanging off their hinges, or set to one side, and the children have begun using them as climbing frames.
‘There is no safety equipment like gates in the house to protect the kids.
There is such a mess that the drains have begun overflowing in the back garden, with waste coming up through them. As soon as you walk into the house it reeks of urine and faeces.
‘I have spent hours upon hours in that house trying to clean it, but then I will return the next day and it will be like a bomb has gone off.’
Pictures show the house littered with pizza boxes and waste bin overflowing, while the carpets are ingrained with dirt.
Waste also appears to be coming up through blocked drains in the back garden.
She says the children are often left to their own devices and put themselves to bed at night in broken beds.
The worried family members said the situation reached boiling point last week after the daughter allegedly left the house to see her new boyfriend. The children were left in the care of their biological father but did she did not return for more than a day.
The grandmother said she wanted custody of her grandchildren and is willing to move out of her one bedroom flat to do so.
She said: ‘If I could, I would take custody of these kids myself, so that we are able to bring them up in a nice and safe place.
‘They have told me that they do not like living in that house.
‘For years they have asked me if I can teach their mum how to bake and do nice things with them, because we do that at my house, but not hers.
A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: ‘We’re looking into this case as a matter of urgency.’