Friday 6 December 2019

Parents accused of cruelty to girl (9) now face assault charge

A married couple accused of cruelty to their nine-year-old daughter, who was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, have now been further charged with assaulting her. (stock photo)
A married couple accused of cruelty to their nine-year-old daughter, who was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, have now been further charged with assaulting her. (stock photo)
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A married couple accused of cruelty to their nine-year-old daughter, who was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, have now been further charged with assaulting her.

The new charges were brought against the girl's mother (35) and father (37), who were already charged with neglecting her after she suffered a head wound as well as "burns, bites, swelling, bruising". They are facing trial on all charges and Judge Bryan Smyth remanded them in continuing custody to next week, for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The girl was brought to Temple Street Children's Hospital from her Dublin home on July 2 last and is still receiving treatment there.

Both husband and wife, who cannot be named, were charged with wilfully neglecting or ill-treating their daughter in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to her health or seriously affect her well-being.

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The woman was also charged with an additional count of failing to seek medical assistance for the girl for a head injury.

They were both further charged yesterday with assault causing serious harm to the girl.

The couple, who are non-Irish nationals, were previously refused bail after gardaí said it was feared they would flee the country if released.

A State solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment on the existing and new charges.

Lawyers for the accused said they were not making bail applications yesterday.

The defendants sat side by side in the dock and were assisted by interpreters but not required to address court during the brief hearing.

Irish Independent

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