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Boy hit by mum with hairbrush put in care.

A BOY has been taken into emergency foster care after his mum hit him twice with a hair brush when he refused to go to school.

The 42-year-old single mum struck the eight-yearold on his shoulder - once with thebristles and then with the back of the brush.

The blows caused slight bleeding and he later told a teacher his shoulder hurt.

The mum admitted assaulting her son at South Somerset magistrates court in Yeovil and will be sentenced on April 30.

She now sees her son for just two hours a week and has voluntarily agreed to attend an anger management course.


Prosecutor Judy Morris told the court: "The boy said he had got up late and his mum was angry and sad. She then hit him on the shoulder once with the back and once with the spikes of the hairbrush.

"He said she was really stressed out and thought she needed help as she wanted him to be perfect." The mum admitted the incident on February 5.

Gareth Webb, defending, said: "His mother saw red, lost her temper, and struck the child twice, but immediately apologised afterwards."

An NSPCC spokesman said: "Nobody could get away with hitting an adult with a hairbrush so they should not be able to get away with hitting a child with one."

Somerset County Council's Linda Barnett said: "Children's social care are working closely with this parent to enable her to return to caring for her son."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 10, 2009
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