Jail warning for mum who kicked toddler son
Wednesday, July 08, 2009, 09:30
A mother kicked her baby boy in the face because he would not stop screaming while she was drinking at a friend's house, a court heard.
Donna Smallbones lashed out twice at baby Mikey as he sat in his pushchair, leaving smudges from a trainer on his head.
Her friends were so shocked they called the police.
The court heard that when an ambulance crew arrived they saw "four parallel lines on the boy's forehead".
The 19-month-old was taken to hospital, but there were no injuries.
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Smallbones was warned yesterday by Harborough magistrates that she could face jail.
Magistrate Neil Wilford told her: "This is a very serious offence. It is very fortunate there was no injury. This was a breach of trust between a mother and her child and it was in the presence of alcohol."
He said they were considering jail but said the sentence could be reduced to a high level community penalty.
Smallbones (21), of Rupert Road, Market Harborough, pleaded guilty to assaulting her son in the town on December 16.
Prosecutor Morag Lawrie accepted that Smallbones had not intentionally kicked her son but had been reckless.
She had been having drinks at a friend's house at 9pm the night it happened.
She said: "Her friends suggested she needed to take her son home and she did put him in his pushchair. The child was screaming and she kicked out twice at the pushchair and caught him on his face.
Prakash Morar, in mitigation, said Smallbones had learning difficulties and lives with her parents who look after Mikey.
He said social services were aware of the situation.
Mr Morar said: "My client is remorseful."
She was remanded on bail until July 28 for reports.
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