Our thanks to James for this piece in the Manchester Evening News. It ends with this:
Passing sentence Judge Sophie McKone told the mother: ”You subjected your daughter to physical and emotional abuse and you were in the true sense of the word very cruel to her. You humiliated her, assaulted her and abandoned her and it culminated in early January with you assaulting her.
”Any right minded person who has seen that video will conclude that your behaviour towards her was violent and cruel in the true sense of the word. She had the foresight to record that she knew what was coming and she ran out of the house away from you. All this happened in the presence of your very young child aged just four at the time.
“It is really hard to comprehend how you thought it was appropriate to treat your daughter in that way. In my view you deserve an immediate custodial sentence but the one person who would really suffer from you going to prison is your daughter.
”I have read that it would have a detrimental effect on her and would increase the responsibility that she feels. The social worker feels if you were to receive a custodial sentence this would further your daughter’s feelings of guilt.”
The mother was also subject to a six-month curfew from 7pm to 7am and was ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.
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