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Kendal mum admits three child cruelty crimes

Carlisle Crown Court

A MUM from Kendal has admitted cruelty crimes involving two children.

A judge has now asked a probation officer to interview the woman, who is aged in her 30s, and provide a report which will help determine the most suitable punishment.

Carlisle Crown Court heard this afternoon (THURS) that could include a prison sentence.

During a short hearing in front of Recorder Jeremy Lasker, the female admitted three child cruelty offences involving a girl and boy both aged under 16 who – court papers show – were “wilfully assaulted” in a manner likely to cause the youngsters “unnecessary suffering or injury to health”.

The crimes were committed during September and October last year at unspecified locations. No specific details about the offences were given.

The woman’s barrister, Sarah Magill, asked for the case to be adjourned for the preparation of a probation service pre-sentence report.

This, Ms Magill, said would provide details of the defendant’s positive progress with a view to any prison sentence being suspended. “She is doing well. She is no longer drinking,” the barrister revealed.

Judge Lasker ordered a report which will consider all sentencing options.

He adjourned the case to October 12, when the mother – who can’t be named to protect the identities of her children – is due to be sentenced at the crown court. In the meantime, Recorder Lasker granted her conditional bail.

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