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Friday 19 September 2014

Mum gets 14 years for sexual abuse of daughter (5)

Woman (47) also admitted charges of ill treating the little girl

Brian McDonald

Published 23/06/2014 | 13:49

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A mother was today given a 14-year sentence for the sexual exploitation of her five-year old daughter

A mother was today given a 14-year sentence for the sexual exploitation of her five-year old daughter.

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The 47-year-old west of Ireland woman had also admitted charges of sexually assaulting and ill-treating the little girl.

The offences took place at the family home in the West between 2004 and 2008.

Evidence heard at a previous sitting of Roscommon Circuit Court revealed that the mother did not intervene while the little girl was led around in a dog lead by a neighbour before being raped.

The child was subjected to shocking sexual abuse by her mother as well as by the neighbour from the age of five. The court sitting in Longford today heard that her father has pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting his daughter and is due before a sentencing court later this year.

The neighbour was given an eight-year sentence last year after pleading guilty to the oral and vaginal rape of the child. That sentence is currently under appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The court heard previously that the woman gave the neighbour permission to do as he wished with her daughter and for as long as he liked.

The offences came to light after the girl was taken into the care with her two siblings in 2008. She initially said that her mother had been slapping her and later spoke of her mother knocking her over.

In statements from social workers and the victim, it emerged that the mother had also taught her daughter to masturbate when she was just five, while the child often went without food and was unable to use utensils or brush her hair when taken into care at the age of nine.

Her first foster family became concerned at what they called her sexualised behaviour. She used to kiss her sister on the mouth and later it emerged that she was openly masturbating.

The foster family was unable to cope and the child was moved to another foster home.

Here, she struggled to eat and did not know what it was to feel full. She spoke of several evenings when there was no food in her original family home.

In her foster home she ate eight Weetabix to satisfy her hunger, but was unable to clean herself.

Judge Tony Hunt said he would suspend the final four and a half years of the 14-year term and also passed seven-year and five-year sentences respectively for the sex assault and ill-treatment offences.

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