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article imageToddler Fighting Mothers Walk Free

By Michelle Duffy     Apr 25, 2007 in Crime
As the four evil mothers who encouraged toddlers to fight each other are spared prison, who does that make the rest of us feel about the minds of these women and will they do it again? The court says no, they are NOT a risk to society
The four who had their freedoms spared have each been given 12 month suspended sentences, a jury heard today.
Carole Olver, 48 lead the disturbing fights between the children aged two and three whilst her own daughters, two 29 and another 19, watched in great delight at the children hitting each other, causing each other some considerable pain.
All four have admitted child cruelty charges, the Crown Court at Plymouth, was told.
What was perhaps more disturbing was the fact that the women had filmed the terrible ordeal. This seven minute film was shown as evidence in front of the jury where they had to witness the brother and sister breaking into a nasty fight, which the women were goading them in to.
The boy was encouraged to hit his sister as she called him a ‘wimp’ for wearing a nappy. We immediately wonder if this is not a future woman beater or even rapist here as a small boy. The fight continued as laughter by the women was heard in the background as the children hit each other repeatedly in the face.
One of the women who was the mother of the two children pleaded guilty to ‘causing or procuring the children to be ill treated in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.’
The other three women also pleaded guilty to inciting pain, abuse and ill treatment of the children involved in the fight.
Yet the Judge, Francis Gilbert told the court that the reason why he had given the women suspended sentences was that he felt they were no threat to the community. Only to other children, it would seem. Would they do it again? He also added 100 hours work each, without a wage to each of them whilst the children were taken away and left in the safe custody of the their father, a serviceman.
The Investigating officer Detective Sgt Barry Walters had said of the film, that anyone who had the unlikely misfortune to witness the film would be ‘sickened and saddened’ at such a terrible act against children.
He went on to say,
"We have been in touch with child protection teams across the country and to my knowledge this is the first time that something like this has ever gone to court. Our priority and the priority of their family is the children. They are in a very supportive family who wish to bring them up the best way they can."
We hope that the children involved will not be permanently scarred by this event in their young lives.
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