Girls forced to eat styrofoam to stay alive in shocking case of neglect

Two young neglected Ukrainian girls have been found living in squalid conditions after concerned neighbours raised the alarm with police.

The sisters Diana, 5, and Anya, 1, were discovered living in an apartment described by neighbours as “appalling” with their mother and her boyfriend in Dnipro, central Ukraine.

Police arrived at the apartment on November 21 and described the conditions as “awful” and “disgusting”.

Photos from the Police of Ukraine
The boyfriend of the mother (left, face blurred) and the squalid conditions the young sisters lived in (right). Source: Police of Ukraine

“The toilet was not working at all in the flat and the family used the bathtub instead, the tub was covered with a thick layer of dirt and infested with worms,” a police source said.

Attending staff found it hard to be in the apartment with the overwhelming odour and filth.

"The stench in the rooms was horrific and it was difficult to breathe," police added.

Outlet the MEAWW reported that the children were not being fed properly and rushed to hospital where they were diagnosed with malnutrition and lice.

photos of the filthy apartment from the Police of Ukraine
Attending police found it hard to be in the apartment (pictured) with the overwhelming odour and filth. Source: Police of Ukraine

Paediatrician Liya Segeda said the girl’s stool samples contained “styrofoam, wallpaper, hair and other objects”.

"They ate everything they could find in the apartment. Here, in the hospital, the sisters saw a potty and clean bedclothes for the first time," she said, adding that staff were shocked how the girls ate.

"We were shocked to see how they pounce on meals and eat hastily," she added.

The young girls are rescued and taken to hospital in desperate need of care.
'Here, in the hospital, the sisters saw a potty and clean bedclothes for the first time,' a paediatrician said. Source: Police of Ukraine

The 25-year-old mother and her partner have not been identified, but several local media outlets have reported that social services are preparing a case to revoke parental rights.

Police spokesman Ludmila Kopylenko told The Sun the unemployed couple spent their welfare benefits on alcohol instead of providing for the children.

“The children ate properly once per month. Their mother spent the rest of the money on alcohol,” he said.

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