Two women have been jailed for a series of “vile” assaults on a toddler, leaving him with extensive bruises and lacerations.
Two women have been jailed for a series of "vile" assaults on a toddler, leaving him with extensive bruises and lacerations.
The injured boy was aged three when found by police eating food off the floor at home.
He had bruises to most of his body, abrasions and lacerations.
The women, who cannot be named for legal reasons, both pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to child cruelty and a string of assault charges.
One woman is the toddler's mother, while the other was her partner at the time of the offences.
Their behaviour was vile, "incomprehensible and shameful in the extreme", Brisbane District Court Judge Brad Farr said in sentencing the pair.
The boy's suffering was brought to the attention of authorities when police were called by a neighbour concerned about the women arguing.
"He was sitting on the floor at the time eating a bowl of cold noodles, as well as eating off the floor," crown prosecutor Rebecca Marks told the court.
The injuries were not life-threatening, but it was apparent excessive force had been used on a series of occasions, Judge Farr said.
It was apparent from some bruises they were inflicted by a belt buckle and a coathanger.
The boy also had a wasted appearance from "chronic malnutrition".
Judge Farr said a victim impact statement from child safety officers revealed the boy continues to hoard food, consistent with him having been "starving for a period of time".
He had not been seen by a doctor for more than a year.
The women were given a sentence of three years and six months in jail.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-women-jailed-for-vile-assaults-on-toddler-found-eating-off-the-floor/c5509474-ac85-4a25-8349-75f9b0844a8b