A woman has been jailed for striking a child with a weapon, leaving the ‘helpless baby’s face’ with permanent scars.
Memur, 41, struck the 18-month-old toddler twice across the face with
an unidentified weapon, leaving the child with wounds to the cheek.
Memur was jailed for 21 months for unlawful wounding and child cruelty
while her husband Mehmet Memur was also convicted after he failed to
seek medical attention for the child.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the child’s wound became infected.
Gavin Doig, prosecuting said: ‘By
December 13 at 11am, the injuries to the child’s cheek were obviously
not fresh and had, according to medical opinion, become infected.
‘The child sustained two full thickness linear wounds to the cheek.’
Memur, who appeared in court with a translator, had already been
convicted of child cruelty in 2009 for hitting another child with a
Today Judge Guy Whitburn said to Mrs Memur, of Byker, Newcastle: ‘You were convicted of unlawful wounding and child cruelty.
injuries which you inflicted on an 18-month-old child were serious, the
photographs were shown to the jury and an instrument of some sort was
undoubtedly used and I gather from the pre-sentence report that there
has been permanent scarring of that helpless baby’s face.’
Memur was jailed for 21 months, serving 15 months for unlawful wounding
and six months for child cruelty to run concurrently.
Mr Memur was given a community order
with the requirement that he serve 150 hours of community service for
one charge of child cruelty.
Whitburn told Mr Memur: ‘You unwisely accepted the explanation of your
wife that delayed taking the child to hospital.
‘By the time the child was taken to hospital the wounds had become infected.
‘It was misplaced loyalty to your wife.’
Haugstad, defending, said: ‘If your honour were to deprive her of her
liberty she would be extremely vulnerable within the prison setting, in
addition to how isolated she would be.’
case came as a charity revealed research that six out of ten social
workers would act rapidly to protect a child from physical harm, but
would do nothing or wait to help a youngster going hungry or without
clothes and medical help.
report by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Children and Community Care found that social workers are routinely
ignoring the suffering of children neglected by their parents.