Mum who branded child is jailed
A brutal mother who subjected six of her own children to an horrific
campaign of abuse has today been jailed for six years.
The 37-year-old woman beat the children, aged between four and 16, with
weapons including a belt, a broken coat hanger, and a meat tenderising
She deliberately branded her 11-year-old daughter with a hot screwdriver
And scratched another with a knife and also left the two girls out on the
streets for three days.
The mother-of-eight's squalid home in Cambridge was never cleaned, the
children went unfed and the youngsters were exposed to harm from each
She was found guilty of 15 counts of cruelty to a person under 16 and two
counts of witness intimidation on following a five week trial in November
at Cambridge Crown Court.
All the children have now been taken into care and during the trial it
emerged that social services had been aware of the family since 1999.