Mother admits cruelty charge


A mother who placed her four year old son in a cold bath for 45 minutes admitted a cruelty charge at Cookstown, Co Tyrone, Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The 27 year old woman from Dungannon, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police it was punishment for the boy's constant wetting and soiling. She also admitted a charge of assaulting her eight year old son by beating him on the bottom with a belt.

Magistrate, Mr Maurice McHugh, adjourned the case until March 27th to obtain reports from social services and the probation service.