Mother ‘had to wash children at Morrisons over human waste at flat’

Pregnant mother, 25, says she was forced to wash her children in a Morrisons toilet after her bathroom was left covered in human waste

  • Charlene Lewis said other people’s excrement had been coming up the bathtub
  • The 25-year-old form the West Midlands had a weeks-long row with the council
  • Birmingham Council said there was a leak but that waste did not come from taps


Tim Stickings For Mailonline

11:28 EST, 16 December 2018

15:38 EST, 16 December 2018

A pregnant mother said she was forced to wash her children in a supermarket toilet after her flat was left covered in human waste because of a plumbing problem. 

Charlene Lewis said people’s excrement from other flats had been coming up through the bathtub, leaving her and her two children ‘living like tramps’. 

The 25-year-old from Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, said she had a weeks-long row with council contractors after her blocked toilet caused the filthy problems at her flat.   

Birmingham City Council acknowledged there was a leak but denied her claim that human waste was coming from the taps. 

At 30 weeks pregnant, she said she feared for the health of her unborn child as well as that of her seven-year-old son, Kameron, and daughter, Sabah, three.

She said: ‘I can’t use my sink or bath or anything with water. There is poo up my walls.

‘After I reported the blocked toilet, they flooded me out of the bathroom and I had to rip all the the carpets up.

‘I have no water and stuff coming through my plug holes. My flat smells like sewers.’

Charlene said her son was being tested for ADHD and autism and his behaviour meant he would not use any toilet but his own. He is also terrified of getting in the bath in case waste poured out. 

The mother said she had to use facilities at a nearby Morrisons to keep her children clean.  

The 25-year-old said she was left with human excrement coming out of her bathtub (pictured) because of a plumbing problem at the flat where she lives with her two children

She said: ‘At the moment Sabah is sleeping at my nan’s but Kameron will only sleep in his own bed so each night I stay at a friend’s until about midnight then go to sleep in my flat with Cameron until 7am the next morning.

‘Then I go back to my friend’s to make him sandwiches for school as I can’t make them at my flat because of the smell and filth.

‘But it’s not fair on my friend as she has two children. I can’t even cook because of the smell.’      

Birmingham City Council said: ‘While it is not the case that the tenant was left without toilet facilities, there were some outstanding minor works following a leak.

‘Following a visit on Wednesday, December 12, they have now been scheduled. We have also offered advice on what materials can be disposed of using the toilet.

‘We would stress that at no point would there have been human waste coming from the taps.’ 

The mother-of-two said she faced weeks of wrangling with the council to have repair works at her flat in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands (pictured) carried out 


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