Mother who ‘resented’ having child left bleach open in hope son would drink it
A mother who “resented” having a child left bleach open with a straw inside in the hope that her three-year-old son would kill himself, a court heard.
The woman, in her 20s, also inflicted a catalogue of injuries on the toddler, who was found to have more than 80 bruises when examined by healthcare workers.
Leeds Crown Court heard that the woman, who has not been named to protect the boy’s identity, initially tried to blame her boyfriend for the injuries. However, she went on to admit what she had done.
She told police officers how she had also opened a window and left out some ladders in the hope the infant would climb out.
The woman, from Leeds, West Yorks was handed a two-year suspended sentence after she pleaded guilty to two counts of child cruelty.
The court heard that the offending came to light when the woman took her son to the home of her boyfriend’s mother. The older woman challenged the defendant about the injuries but was told he had fallen and that she was guilty of “nothing but not watching him”.
But the boyfriend’s mother contacted social services and social workers saw the child the next day.
They were shocked by the boy’s condition and reported that they “had never seen anything so bad”, the court heard. The boy was taken to A&E before being placed in child protection.
The child has since been placed in a “secure safe environment” and is doing well, the court heard.
Despite initially trying to blame her boyfriend for the abuse, the woman later accepted neglecting the child over a four-month period. She said she “hated being a mother” and having to put him before anyone else.
Judge Penelope Belcher said she was imposing a non-custodial sentence so the defendant can work with the probation service and receive support for her personality disorder.
She said: “This would not be available for a short custodial sentence and the work would not be done. That is why it is in the public interest.”
As well as a suspended sentence the woman was ordered to complete 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days and handed a six-month curfew order.