A WOMAN left her flat in Clydebank completely covered in mouldy food and cat faeces while two children were in her care.

The Bankie, whom the Post has not named, left one bedroom uninhabitable due to heaps of clutter, forcing a child to sleep on the couch. 

Cat litter trays overflowing with faeces were in the bathroom and mouldy food was strewn throughout the property to the point that flies engulfed the flat.

Procurator fiscal Daisy Bentley told Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week that police attended the woman’s home on January 29 last year to speak with her about a separate incident and were greeted by a child who opened the door a quarter of an inch.

Cops could hear movement from inside and detected a strong odour coming from the property. Upon further inspection, they were greeted with the strong smell of faeces, urine and rotting food.

Ms Bentley said: “Police could not fully open the door due to the clutter behind it and they entered and as they did the accused stumbled out of the bedroom at the far end of the hallway.

"She was heavily under the influence of alcohol.”

Police then checked the flat and two children were found in a bedroom. Meanwhile, the living room was cluttered with rubbish lying on the floor, with the coffee table having fast food wrappers and rotten food.

There were two cats in the living room engulfed in flies.

The kitchen floor was in the same condition of clutter and both bedrooms were found with no sheets on the bed and full of rubbish.

Furthermore, the toilet in the bathroom was stained with dirt and didn’t appear to have any running water. 

Her defence solicitor Judith Reid said: “She is completely mortified about the situation. The [social work] report is somewhat lacking because it failed to mention she is a victim of domestic violence and the police were there to take her to the station to provide a statement, so things in the house were far from ideal from anyone’s point of view.

“She is somebody who despite facing her own difficulties with her mental health, lockdowns and domestic violence, has appeared to get matters back on track.”

Sheriff Kirsty Hood said: “What occurred and police found that day was grim. It didn’t make happy listening for you to hear that narration. 

“I take into account that this is not the first time that this has occurred but I also take into account the time that has elapsed since the last time of an incident like this.

"I think what is best now is that the positive environment continues.”

Sentencing was deferred until November for the accused to be of good behaviour.