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article imageMother sentenced for starving and beating children

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 1, 2010 in Crime
Adelaide - An Australian woman was sentenced to spend at least three years and three months in jail after being found guilty of beating and starving five of her eight children.
Last month, the woman entered a guilty plea in the South Australian Supreme Court to two counts of endangering life and three counts of creating a risk of serious harm.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the abuse began several years ago.
Prosecutor Jim Pearce said the children were sometimes starved and were forced to vomit up food they ate without permission.
They sometimes had to spend hours standing against a wall all day and suffered beatings.
After one child was hospitalised with hypothermia, all of them were taken into care.
The woman, who was receiving social security, admitted that she spent money on eating in restaurants, cigarettes and poker machines.
Her lawyer argued for a suspended sentence, telling the court that she had been abused as a child. Judge Chris Kourakis said a deterrent was needed and sentenced her to six years with a non-parole period of three years and three months.
There will be five more people going to trial in connection with the abuse.
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