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York mother jailed for cruelty to daughter, 2
A MOTHER of five whose brutal treatment left her toddler daughter with 56 injuries has been jailed and branded incapable of properly looking after any of her children.
The 23-year-old repeatedly attacked the two-year-old girl, picking her up by her cheeks, dragging her by her hair, forcing food down her mouth and on one occasion banging her against a safety gate, a jury heard.
Despite the jury convicting her of child cruelty on what Recorder Bernard Gateshill called “compelling evidence”, she continued to blame the child’s father, who was under her thumb, for the bruises and other injuries, York Crown Court heard.
She had her hands to her ears as the judge told her: “You appear to have been incapable of properly caring for various reasons for any of your five children.”
She had “dominated” the child’s father and exploited his weaknesses and had a tendency to “lash out” whenever she was displeased.
He jailed the mother from south York for two years. She is not being named to protect the daughter. None of her five children has lived with her since she was arrested after the child’s father broke down in tears at his parents’ home and revealed what he had witnessed.
Nick Adlington, prosecuting, said she had previously harassed an ex-partner by bombarding him and his mother with texts and phone calls and writing obscene messages on his Facebook wall.
She had continued to harass him despite getting an official warning. She had also been convicted of animal neglect when she failed to get medical treatment for a dog that was suffering.
For the woman, Geraldine Kelly said although the injuries must have been “distressing” they had quickly healed and had had no long-term effect.
Talking about a probation officer’s assessment that the mother lacked remorse and empathy for her daughter, Miss Kelly said the mother bottled up her feelings which she had difficulty communicating.