A mother has been jailed after she bit, battered and scratched her seven-year-old daughter in a ‘demented’ rage.

The terrified child escaped the three-hour ordeal by climbing out of a window half dressed and running to seek refuge with her grandparents who lived nearby.

She had bruises all over her body where she had been slapped or hit, bite marks on her face and chest and vicious scratches all down her back.

The 29-year-old mother attacked her after waking up with a hangover from a late-night drinking binge and finding her daughter using her phone at about 6am.

The girl only escaped by jumping out of a window on to a wheelie bin at 9.15am and was half dressed and still buttoning up her shirt when she arrived at grandparents’ house in Torquay.

Police found her toddler sister at home with the mother and with a bite mark on her upper leg. Both girls were taken into care and are now with foster parents.

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The mother from Torquay, who cannot be named because it would identify her children, admitted two counts of causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for two years by Judge Timothy Rose at Exeter Crown Court.

He told her: ”This was a sustained, repeated and comprehensive attack on your older daughter and to a lesser extent on the younger girl.

“It is clear that you were in the grip of a significant alcohol problem and had taken the children with you to the pub in the past, even though that environment was inappropriate for them.

“You were drinking extremely heavily and were incapable of looking after your children properly. On this morning you woke up to find your daughter trying to use your phone.

“You flew into what can only be described as a demented rage and set about her with the most appalling violence. You injured her from top to bottom, all over her body.

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“You bit her repeatedly to the face and chest, bruised her in numerous locations, and appear to have set about scratching her back in such a dreadful way it was covered in deep red marks.

“It must have been incredibly painful and incredibly frightening. You subjected her to multiple blows of almost every description and used your teeth as a weapon.

“I can only guess at the appalling effect this must still be having on her. You were her own mother and were supposed to be protecting her. You abused that trust and power.

“If I did not send you to prison, the public would want to know what was going on because this is such a dreadful offence that it has to be marked in that way.”

Miss Holly Rust, prosecuting, said the grandparents called the police after the seven-year-old turned up at their door at about 9.15am in October last year in a state of obvious distress and covered with injuries.

She told police the attack had continued on and off since her mother woke to find her trying to use her phone at 6am and only ended when she climbed through a window on to a bin to escape.

The girl had three or four bite marks on her face and another on her chest. The mother told her parents she had ‘just given her a slap’. She told the police she was still tipsy from the night before and admitted she ‘lost it’.

Mr Lee Bremridge, defending, said the mother has just been diagnosed as having an emotionally unstable personality disorder which has never been treated.

She had started to address her alcohol dependency while on remand in prison and is determined to overcome her problems so she can play some part in her children’s lives in the future.

Mr Bremridge said: “She feels absolutely dreadful about what she has done and is the first to recognise she is going to have to change significantly if she is ever to have contact with her children again.”





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