Sunderland mother admits assaulting her two-year-old daughter after nursery spots bruises

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A MUM was collared for assaults on her toddler after nursery staff spotted bruising on the child.

Emily Moore tried to blame other people, including nursery workers and even children, after her two-year-old daughter’s injuries were discovered.

The 20-year-old eventually confessed she had caused the “significant bruising” to the child’s arm and foot by rough handling of her at home during two incidents.

Moore, of Guernsey Square, Grindon, Sunderland, admitted two charges of assault and one of child neglect by failing to get her prompt treatment.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told Newcastle Crown Court that it was in November 2012 when the little girl’s injuries were noticed by staff at her nursery.

Mr Pallister said: “One of the nursery nurses noticed bruising to her arm and she reported that to the safeguarding officer. This was raised with the defendant when she called to collect her child.”

The court heard staff at the nursery told Moore to take her daughter to the GP, who referred her to hospital.

Moore was arrested after medics found the tot had bruising to her cheeks, a large bruise to her arm and one to her foot, which were non-accidental.

Mr Pallister added: “She said she could not explain the bruises and suggested someone at the nursery may have hurt the little girl or failed to supervise her sufficiently, leaving her to fight with another child.

“Clearly, that explanation was absolute nonsense.”

The court heard another person was arrested and questioned over claims they may have hurt the youngster but were released without charge.

Moore later admitted she had caused the injury to her daughter’s foot when it got stuck between her bed and a wall and she dislodged it in an “unacceptable manner”.

She said the bruising to the little girl’s arm was from being picked up off her feet and carried upstairs by the arm.

Judge Brian Forster QC told Moore: “Children are dependent upon the love and care of their parents and here, on two occasions, you have recklessly caused injury to someone who was dependent upon yourself.

“It is fortunate that those at the nursery acted so promptly and efficiently to bring the matter, through you, to the attention of the authorities.

“The court has a clear duty to remind parents of the trust their children have in them as parents.

“If people cause injury to their children, the starting point will always be a custodial sentence.”

The judge sentenced Moore to six months in a young offenders’ institution but suspended the term for 18 months.

Moore will be supervised during the 18-month suspension period.

The judge said he had taken into consideration the amount of time that has lapsed since the offences and the fact there are now procedures in place to ensure the child is protected.

Christopher Morrison, defending, said Moore had “very, very limited parenting experience” and was young herself at the time. Mr Morrison said a lot has changed in Moore’s life since the offences were committed.