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The two women were living in a house attached to St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital in Grangegorman

The two women were living in a house attached to St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital in Grangegorman

The two women were living in a house attached to St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital in Grangegorman

A HOTEL worker has appeared in court accused of beating her former boyfriend's seven-year-old son in the face with the handle of a mop.

The 24-year-old woman is also alleged to have thrown the child against a radiator, during an alleged assault when she was babysitting him.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the boy, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with wilfully assaulting a child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

The assault, contrary to the Children's Act, allegedly took place at a house in west Dublin on April 10 last year.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court where the penalties upon conviction are less severe.

Outlining the matter for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Aisling Brophy said it will be alleged that the woman was minding her former boyfriend's child when she went upstairs to his bedroom and started screaming at him.

He was seven years old at the time.

Gda Brophy claimed the woman punched the child a number of times, dragged him against the wall and threw him against a radiator.

It will also be alleged the woman then pulled the boy by his arm down the stairs and into the sitting room where she kicked him in the face and beat him in the face with the handle of a mop.

Gda Brophy claimed the child was badly assaulted and spent one week in Tallaght Hospital.

Judge David McHugh refused jurisdiction of the charge, meaning the matter will go for trial in the Circuit Court.

Judge McHugh remanded the woman on bail in her own bond of €100.

As part of her bail conditions, she must surrender her passport, abide by a curfew and have no contact with either the alleged victim or his father.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming was assigned on free legal aid.

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