Nurs­ery carer abused chil­dren yet kept job

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

A NURS­ERY worker who force-fed a tod­dler un­til she was sick should not have been al­lowed to keep work­ing af­ter the abuse was first re­ported, a judge said.

Judge Jim Tin­dal said it was “mys­ti­fy­ing” that Sarah Pitt con­tin­ued su­per­vis­ing young chil­dren af­ter she treated them “abom­inably” at Ti­b­lands Nurs­ery School in Whit­bourne, Worcs.

Pitt, 40, was spared jail af­ter ad­mit­ting four counts of child cru­elty at Worces­ter Crown Court as she re­ceived a two-year sus­pended jail sen­tence, as well as a ban on work­ing with chil­dren.

The court heard Pitt forcefed one tod­dler yo­gurt un­til she was sick and left an­other child to lie in his own urine for hours to “teach him a les­son”. The nurs­ery worker car­ried out the abuse of sev­eral young­sters de­spite pre­vi­ously be­ing warned about her “abrupt” be­hav­iour.

The court heard how all the chil­dren abused by Pitt were un­der three years old, ex­cept for one.

Pitt’s abuse only came to light when a whistle­blower raised the alarm. Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing, Judge Tin­dal said: “She will never work with chil­dren again.”

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