Mother as­saulted her child

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times -

A LOCHABER woman held one of her chil­dren’s head un­der the bath­wa­ter af­ter she had whis­pered to her own mother she was go­ing to drown the child.

Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court on Tues­day heard de­tails of the as­sault, but noth­ing can be re­ported that would iden­tify the child or its sib­lings.

The child was seen to be up­set when at­tend­ing school the fol­low­ing day and teach­ers dis­cov­ered what had hap­pened, Sher­iff Gor­don Fleet­wood was told.

The woman, in her 30s, ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing the child, push­ing the young­ster’s head un­der bath­wa­ter at an ad­dress in Lochaber on May 24 this year.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal An­drew Shanks said that the child’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother was over­see­ing bath time. ‘She whis­pered to her mother she was go­ing to drown the child and pushed the child’s head un­der water and held [the child] un­der. The ac­cused was spo­ken to by po­lice, ad­mit­ted the of­fence and ten­dered an apol­ogy.’

The woman’s de­fence agent said that all her chil­dren were now on the child pro­tec­tion reg­is­ter, the chil­dren’s panel is in­volved and she could only see them un­der the su­per­vi­sion of her own mother and her mother’s part­ner.

The woman is suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion and her med­i­ca­tion has been changed, he added.

Sher­iff Fleet­wood de­ferred sen­tence for three months to Septem­ber 12, call­ing for a sup­ple­mented com­mu­nity jus­tice and so­cial work re­port and ad­vice from the chil­dren’s panel.

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