Mother and friend jailed for locking boy in cupboard to go on day trip

Mother and friend jailed for locking boy in cupboard to go on day trip
Published: 2016 July 24 11:37:45 (6756 Views)
Two women have been jailed for almost seven years between them after subjecting a five-year-old boy to a campaign of cruelty.

They beat him with a stiletto, an iron rod, and locked him in a cupboard for hours.

A court heard the terrified little boy, who was aged between four and five when he was subjected to the 'barbaric and vile' assaults, was 'imprisoned' in the cupboard sealed shut with Sellotape while his mum and her friend went to the seaside for the day.

After his head was gashed by the stiletto, the women used Superglue to stick the wound together rather than taking him to hospital.

He would 'tremble' with fear when his mother's friend picked him up from primary school and his lunch boxes became a cause for concern after the quality and quantity declined – and he started taking food from a snack table before putting it in his pockets.

But despite teachers recording 15 different injuries to the child in its incident log – including a bruised and swollen face and head, an injured back and a badly bruised shoulder – and nursery staff telling social workers three times about their concerns, no one intervened.



The cruelty he endured at home was only revealed after he was eventually taken to hospital with a chin wound – and doctors uncovered other injuries on his body.

Now his 40-year-old mum and her 29-year-old friend – neither of whom can be named and shamed so the young boy's identity is protected – have been jailed after a jury found them both guilty of child cruelty.

The attacks happened between the summer of 2012 and the spring of 2014.

The younger woman, described as 'the dominant personality in this relationship' was jailed for four years, and the boy's mum was handed a two-and-a-half year sentence.

Judge Peter Hunt said the women, both of Bradford, West Yorkshire, became friends about four years ago – not long after that the older woman's husband left her.

He went on to describe the younger woman's relationship with the victim as 'highly dysfunctional'.



Source - Metro

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