Flintshire court hears how woman bit son, aged six

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A WOMAN has admitted assault after biting her six-year-old son.

Mold Crown Court was told medical experts concluded that considerable force would have been needed to cause the wound – which would have meant immediate and continuing pain.

The 27-year-old mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, wept in the dock as she was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

The court was told the boy was now subject to long-term fostering by social services and that her younger daughter had also been taken from her and put up for adoption.

David Potter, prosecuting said the children were already on the child protection register of Flintshire Council when the attack took place.

In February last year, a home visit revealed the boy had two non-accidental injuries.

One was a human, adult-size, bite mark to the right shoulder and the second was a bruise to the right ear, which was typically a grip or pinch injury.

The bite had insufficient detail to provide evidence about who had caused it – but the defendant eventually admitted that as the only adult, she must have inflicted it.

Paulinus Barnes, defending the defendant came from a troubled background herself but had no previous convictions.

The children had been taken from her, their lives would never be the same again and neither would hers, he said.

She had taken steps to tackle her problems and she had dramatically reduced her intake of both drugs and alcohol.

He added: “She still maintains what she said on the day of her arrest that she has no recollection of the events but as she was the only adult in charge of the children, then she accepts that it must have been her.”

As part of her suspended prison sentence, she was placed on supervision and sent on a 20-session one-to-one course run by the probation service covering problem solving, thinking skills, and self-control.

Judge Philip Hughes said: “I hope that you feel thoroughly ashamed of yourself, treating that way a vulnerable young child who was in your care and over whom you had significant responsibility.”

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