Mother put five-year-old son in hospital after he broke her phone, court told

A mother who hit her five-year-old son so hard that he needed hospital treatment has avoided jail.

Monday, 12th July 2021, 8:41 am
Updated Monday, 12th July 2021, 8:44 am

The woman from the Wakefield area, who can not be named to protect the identity of the boy, struck him in a "flash of temper" after be broke her phone, Leeds Crown Court was told.

The 37-year-old initially denied the charge, claiming the boy must have hurt himself, but eventually accepted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Jade Edwards said the alarm was raised by the boy's school when he turned up late one day and staff noticed he was slurring and lethargic.

The boy vomited three times in 15 minutes.
The boy vomited three times in 15 minutes.

He then vomited three times in the space of 15 minutes, and confessed that "mummy hit me".

He had bruising to his cheek and the back of his head.

He was taken to hospital where he again told nursing staff tat his mum had hit him. He was taken into custody and his mother arrested.

When asked about the assault, he told officers that his mother punched him because he had "broked (sic) her phone".

The court was told that he mimicked how his mother hit him, counting out 10 blows to his head, and was left feeling "sad" because his head was hurting.

He suffered bruising to his cheek, to the back of his head and a scratch behind his ear.

He is currently in foster care.

During interview his mother told officers that the youngster had thrown her phone at the TV, and it must have bounced back and struck him, causing him to fall back and strike his head on the coffee table.

She later admitted she had hit him after he covered the bathroom in toothpaste.

No mitigation was offered after Judge Graham Reeds QC said the woman would not be going to jail, accepting that it had been a one-off incident.

He said: "What you did was out of character and a flash of temper.

"You have now admitted what you did even though at the magistrates' court you gave a not guilty plea.

"Your son has been taken into custody and it will take a while for relations to be built, if they can be.

"Whether that chance is realistic is up to the family court, not me."

She was given a 12-month community order, and 30 rehabilitation requirement days.