UK: Mother gets suspended sentence for child cruelty

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'A woman who pushed her son's face against a bath with such force that his nose started bleeding has been given a suspended sentence.

The woman, who is in her 40s but cannot be identified for legal reasons, had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of child cruelty between 2013 and 2015.

The judge said "cruelty to children in any shape or form cannot be tolerated".

The defendant's daughter said her mother "kicked and punched her and her brother", said the prosecuting counsel.

The children, who were all under 10 years of age at the time of the offences, disclosed how their mother had used a shoe and a rubber spatula to smack them on their hands and bare backsides.

Imposing an eight-month sentence but suspending it for three years, the judge said he was taking account of the fact the woman had already spent three months on remand and had admitted her guilt.'

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