Single teenage mum fears council house ‘could kill her baby daughter’
A single teenage mum has warned that her "baby daughter could die" in her council home with mould causing black spots in both bedrooms.
Louise Sillitoe says she slept in her living room on Christmas Day because the bedrooms in her Hull flat were covered in black mould.
The 19-year-old mum-of-one claims the damp and mould in her two-bed ground floor flat has left both her and her 16-month-old daughter, Alexis-Leigh Owers, with a green-coloured mattress, reports the Hull Daily Mail.
A Hull City Council spokesman said since Lousie has legal representation in regards to her claims, it is inappropriate to comment on the case.
Louise moved into the 70-year-old flat in April and says the mould began to build up in October.
Since then the mould has got worse and worse with black spots now appearing in both bedrooms.
She said: "It’s just disgusting. I shouldn’t have to live like this. My daughter and I should feel safe and secure in our home – not waiting for more mould to start taking over rooms.
"The council have told me it’s my fault that I have let it get like that, but it’s not my fault at all.
"They told me I should wipe it with a baby wipe which I think was a bit weird."
The mum said she desperately needs to leave her "damp hell hole" for her daughter’s health.
She said: "I had picked up Alexis-Leigh mattress and it was green, I just couldn’t believe it. We’re both going to visit the doctors on Monday because it is that bad.
"She’s been coughing for weeks and it’s because we are still living here with mould."
Louise says she leaves the heating on all the time and opens the windows to get rid of the black spots along her walls, ceiling and window ledge.
But she says the final straw was discovering her daughter’s green mattress.
At one point, Louise said she even had to move her bed and her daughter’s crib into the living room to get away from the mould.
She said: "If something is not done soon I fear my daughter could die. She’s only young and her immune system isn’t as strong as a grown adults.
"Mould can breed dangerous spores and if my daughter breaths it in she could potentially die in that green bed. I just want to get out of here."
A spokesman for Hull City Council said: "Miss Sillitoe currently has legal representation in relation to her allegations of damp and condensation and therefore it is inappropriate for the Council to comment at this time."
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