A TEENAGE mum of a premature baby boy has hit out at the council after being housed with her partner in a 'flea-ridden cesspit.'
Eighteen-year-old Rebecca Prynne and her 23-year-old boyfriend Andrew Davies were given emergency council accommodation on Tuesday last week at Runcorn's Grangeway Court.
But just days after moving in, bite marks began surfacing on their ankles and along the baby's thighs from fleas.
The couple say the unhygienic living conditions will leave six-month old Connor Davies prone to infection.
Rebecca said: 'It's wrong to send people with a sick baby here.
Andrew said: 'There's mould, and the bathroom is disgusting.
The couple left Halton Lodge when they fell out with family members.
They act as full-time carers for Connor who will be on oxygen until he is one years old, but Rebecca is dreading the thought of him catching an infection.
When Connor was born he weighed in at 1lb 14oz, after Rebecca was diagnosed with preeclampsya, and he stopped developing at just 24 weeks.
A spokeswoman for Halton Borough Council said: 'The couple were advised that because they had to move in quickly, the unit had not yet been cleaned.
However it was in a good condition and would have been cleaned on the following day.
'Staff checked the unit, took photographs and could find no evidence of fleas. The couple refused to return to the accommodation.
'Rebecca stated that she wanted to be allocated a house immediately.'