A mother with mental health issues who beat her sleeping seven-year-old daughter so viciously she suffered ‘life-changing injuries’ is freed after doctors say her psychosis was triggered by cannabis.
The woman, who cannot be identified in order to protect her daughter, unleashed a ‘savage’ attack on the child as she lay asleep in her bed.
When horrified relatives found the mother, from the Beswick area of Manchester, she was quoting lines from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as well as scriptures from the Bible.
The girl, who is now 10 and in foster care, suffered a severe injuries to her left eye and ear as well as a life-threatening blot clot on the brain during the attack.
She made a recovery after spending three weeks in hospital but was left hard of hearing and has to wear a hearing aid.
The woman was detained under the Mental Health Act, but was later charged with causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.
But, appearing at Minshull Crown Court in Manchester, the woman was spared a jail term after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of causing GBH – which carries a maximum five year sentence.
She was instead given a three year community order, after a court heard her behaviour was driven by a ‘mixture of your mental health issues and your abuse of drugs’.
In sentencing Judge Elizabeth Nicholls told her: ‘You savagely set about your daughter as she slept, you dragged her from her bed and beat her and she suffered injuries which were described as life threatening.
Appearing at Minshull Crown Court (pictured) in Manchester, the woman was spared a jail term after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of causing GBH – which carries a maximum five year sentence
‘It’s not just the physical scars that will remain but the long term emotional trauma the events of that night will have imposed on your daughter.
‘But there can be no doubt your mental health has contributed to the commission of this offence – no doubt exacerbated by your use of cannabis and amphetamine.’
The judge added: ‘No doubt that behaviour was driven by a mixture of your mental health issues and your abuse of drugs.
‘It is sometimes difficult to extrapolate which came first.
‘Which ever way you look at this case, it is a tragedy for all concerned, a tragedy for that girl who will have long term physical and emotional issues but also a tragedy for the family as a whole.’
The court heard the attack took place at midnight on August 18, 2018 after the youngster woke up to find the woman attacking her.
The girl’s stepfather heard screams and ran upstairs to rescue the girl before calling the woman’s sister to say his partner ‘had gone mad.’
The sister and her boyfriend arrived at the house to find the woman looking expressionless next to the child’s bedroom.
John Kennerley prosecuting said: ‘The defendant was behaving strangely and speaking in a monotone voice referring to the Bible and quoting from Macbeth.
‘The defendant’s partner was terrified and shaking and telephoning for an ambulance and police.
‘The sister’s partner said he had never seen the defendant behave like that before and it seemed to him she was affected by drugs. She kept passing comment like: ‘Did I do this?’ The stepfather said he had cleaned up what he had described as a ‘bloodbath’.
The girl, who is now 10 and in foster care, suffered a severe injuries to her left eye and ear as well as a life-threatening blot clot on the brain during the attack. Picture: Stock image
‘He was upset and told police he heard screaming from upstairs and ran up to see his partner dragging her daughter along the lading. He said this was out of character but said she had been behaving rather weirdly of late.’
The girl was taken to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where she told officers she woke up in bed to find her mother punching her about the head and dragged her out of the room.
She remembered a ‘lot of blood’ and her stepfather intervening and recalled her mother had been reading ‘spiritual stuff’ in the run up to the attack.
She suffered extensive bleeding to the left eye, cuts to her collarbone, chest and shin and severe cut to her ear canal.
Police investigated suggestions the mother used a drill bit or chopstick in the assault but no evidence was found of a weapon.
The woman gave no comment in interview. In a statement her sister told police: ‘My niece has suffered life changing injuries but I’m just pleased my sister has pleaded guilty and I hope she will get some help to rebuild some kind of life.’
The court heard the woman had been having successful supervised access visits with her daughter since the attack.
In mitigation, defence counsel Miss Jane Dagall told the hearing her client had since given up cannabis and said: ‘She has tried very hard to sort her life out and move on in the knowledge her children have a good future with their aunt.
‘Doctors said she suffered from a combination of a schizo-affected disorder and the drugs she had been taking.
‘Her drug talking was a partially responsible factor in her condition.’