A SHAMELESS woman drank cocktails on girls’ nights out and sight-seeing in London while leaving seven children in a run-down home.
Gemma Brogan, 41, and Christopher Bennett, 35, squandered the £7,000 a month benefits earmarked for five of the children.
Gemma Brogan left seven children in a run-down home to go partying[/caption]
The Eastbourne home was filled with 36 dogs[/caption]
Meanwhile, the children, aged between four and 17, had to share the filthy three-bedroom house with 36 dogs.
One of the children, aged seven, was found by police wearing only a diaper and covered in animal feces asleep on a sofa next to a dead dog.
Officers only discovered after washing several times that another child had blond hair while the rest all had rotten teeth.
Eight children used to live at the House of Horrors in Eastbourne, East Sussex, but one boy had moved out in July.
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It can now be revealed that Brogan spent a drunk night on August 5 – after being charged with seven counts of child neglect.
Her open Facebook profile shows her sipping a cocktail at a swanky bar.
Brogan, who was sentenced to six years in prison along with Bennett on Monday, also shared pictures of her posing with a pal and a photo showing two large jugs of liquor.
She captioned the pics: “Girls night out.”
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Just days later, Brogan shared pictures from a sunny day in the capital.
Brogan only received benefits of £84,000 a year, believed to have been made up of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments for five of the children.
Despite the massive amount of taxpayer money flooding her account every week, the former dance teacher never reported to the system.
The public prosecutor’s office did not disclose how the benefits were broken down in court.
However, under the guidelines, anyone claiming DLA can be paid up to £156 a week for each child under the age of 16 who needs it.
Brogan could also increase payments by claiming other benefits such as foster care, Universal Credit and child support, the Daily Mail reports.
In sentencing, Judge Stephen Mooney said: “How do you have 35 dogs, £7000 in benefits, how is that allowed to happen?”
Horrified locals said the children were rarely seen leaving the filthy house.
But one said when they did they were “always scruffy and dressed in absolute rags”.
Schools in the area also had extensive records of concerns about the children and neighbors claim they reported them to social services.
Lewes Crown Court heard police were called home after Bennett called 999 and claimed he was stabbing Brogan.
Bodycam footage shows police struggling through the horde of dogs desperately trying to get into the disgusting house.
They found the house reeking of dog poop, with “little or no food” in the fridge and dirty linens.
Bennett can be seen shouting “You’re laughing” to the police as they lead him away from the house on suspicion of child neglect.
Child welfare workers found that the youngest children did not know how to wash or brush their teeth.
They were all underweight, pale, and unable to sit at a table or use a knife or fork.
One child was so neglected that he was unsteady on his feet, incredibly weak, exhibited bizarre eating habits and had no social skills.
Another had to see a dentist to have 13 decayed teeth removed, while one could not read or write and did not know the weeks or months of the year.
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The court was told the couple had a “toxic relationship.”
East Sussex County Council confirmed a security investigation had been launched but declined to comment further while the case is ongoing.
Brogan has posted pictures of her Downing drinks[/caption]
One of the children was found sleeping on a sofa next to a dead dog[/caption]
Brogan earned £7,000 a month in welfare payments[/caption]
Her partner Christopher Bennett was also sentenced to six years in prison[/caption]