A teenager was released from his mother’s care after Social Services found he had not changed clothes for six months and had not left his home for two years.
A judge heard that the youth, who lived in London and has mental health problems, was found “covered in urine and feces”.
During Wednesday’s protective court hearing where judges rule over people who lack the mental ability to do so on their own, Judge Hayden commended Bexley Council professionals for intervening to protect the boy. He also praised the couple who had groomed him for the past few months.
He approved plans for future placement arrangements after hearing that the teenager had made “significant progress” since leaving the house.
The teenager is now 18 years old and cannot be named for legal reasons.
The teen was represented by public prosecutor’s office assisting vulnerable individuals involved in legal disputes.
A lawyer who ran his legal team said he was known to the council.
In a written statement, Turan Hursit told the judge, “He (was) historically known to the local mental health and social services having been on child protection plans on two separate occasions for neglect and emotional / physical abuse.”
She said the authorities were alerted after a relative called the police.
Winsome Levy, an attorney representing the Bexley Council, provided background information on the case in a written statement. The teenager has been linked to the local authority since birth and was hospitalized in November.
“His condition on admission was described as matted hair, covered in urine and feces,” Ms. Levy said.
“(He) is said not to have changed clothes for six months or left the house for two years before being admitted.
“‘His bedroom was smeared with feces and his bedroom reeked of urine.”
The teenager’s mother told the judge that her son was not “covered in feces”.