Woman Who ‘Hated Being A Mother’ Left Bottle Of Bleach With Straw, Hoping Her Three-Year-Old Son Would Drink It


Woman Who 'Hated Being A Mother' Left Bottle Of Bleach Out With Straw In Hope That Her Three-Year-Old Son Would Drink ItA woman who ‘resented being a mother‘ left out a bottle of bleach with a straw in it – in the hope that her three-year-old son would drink it, a court has heard.

The mother, in her 20s, appeared at Leeds Crown Court after inflicting a varying degree of injuries on the young child.

About 80 bruises were seen on the baby’s head and body, to the shock of Hospital staff and social workers, MirrorUK reports.

The woman, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, who has not been named to protect the boy’s identity, initially tried to blame her boyfriend for the injuries.

However, during questioning, she went on to admit what she had done which included leaving a bottle of bleach out with a straw in it hoping the youngster would drink it.

The young mother also told police how she opened a window and left out some ladders in the hope the child would climb out because she ‘hated being a mother‘ and having to put him before anyone else.

The court heard harrowing details of the abuse as the woman was sentenced to court on Thursday, April 22.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of child cruelty and was handed a two-year suspended sentence.

Her twisted campaign of abuse only came to an end when her horrified boyfriend’s mother contacted social services while the toddler was at her house.

The older woman challenged the defendant about the injuries but was told he had fallen and she was guilty of ‘nothing but not watching him‘.

Shocked by the boy’s condition social workers said they ‘had never seen anything so bad’, the court heard.

Doctors examined the child and found extensive bruising on his arms, legs and head. There was also bleeding to his retina.

The child has since been placed in a ‘secure safe environment‘ and is doing well, the court heard.

Craig Sutcliffe, the young woman’s lawyer, said his client was ashamed of herself and has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

Meanwhile, 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.

Judge Belcher told the woman;

If you had another child, social services would be all over this and you might find that the child would be removed.

As well as a suspended prison sentence, the woman was ordered to complete 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days and handed a six-month curfew order.

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