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Mother in child cruelty case back behind bars

A MOTHER facing charges of cruelty and neglect against her children was behind bars again last night.

The 45-year-old had been granted bail only on Tuesday after she had been held in custody since her initial arrest late last year.

The woman, who is from the west of Ireland and cannot be named for legal reasons, faces a total of 18 charges of cruelty and neglect between 2002 and last year.

The charges allege that she assaulted, ill treated, abandoned or otherwise treated the children in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to their health or seriously affect their wellbeing.

At Galway Circuit Court yesterday, prosecutor Conor Fahy told Judge Raymond Groarke that the DPP wanted her bail revoked as she was not living at her sister's address -- one of the prerequisites of her bail.

Garda Mary Hession told the court that the woman's sister did not want her living at her home.

Deirdre Browne, defending, told the judge that the accused had a new address and was living with a man in the midlands.

Judge Groarke revoked her bail and remanded the woman in custody to next Wednesday's court sitting, to give gardai time to check out her new address.

Irish Independent