Hutton showed no emotion as she was led from the dock. Judge Roger Thomas QC said the children were found in a situation that was "breathtakingly awful". He told her:
– Judge Roger Thomas QC
The details of your wicked conduct have been displayed in such awful detail over the past three weeks in the trial that concluded yesterday ...
The offences demonstrate a most fundamental and serious breach of any duty that an individual in decent society can owe to others - namely the duty that a parent owes to her or his young children to take proper care of them.