A drunken mother throttled and headbutted her seven-year-old daughter in a taxi as the shocked driver watched in horror.
The Hull Daily Mail reports that the woman, who cannot be named to protect her children’s identity, was so drunk she insisted the driver had not dropped her off at home despite her daughters telling her they were at the right address.
The mum appeared at Hull Crown Court after previously admitting two counts of child cruelty and one of possessing cannabis.
Charlotte Baines, prosecuting, told the court the woman and two daughters had been at a relative’s home comforting her following a recent bereavement. She and her two daughters then got a taxi to their home in Bransholme at around 9pm.
Ms Baines said: “The defendant appeared to be struggling with her younger daughter. She then strangled and headbutted her which left a red mark on the girl’s face.
“The taxi driver decided to call the police after witnessing what happened. But as he rang them the girls told him not to call the police as they didn’t want their mum to go to jail.
“Both girls were very upset and crying loudly.”
Camera footage from the taxi was shown in court which captured the argument taking place between the mum and her daughters.
When police arrived the woman’s behaviour was erratic, being aggressive one minute and then expressing concern for the welfare of her daughters.
Officers searched the woman and found a small amount of cannabis.
She was arrested and when interviewed the next morning, the woman admitted she had drank vodka for much of the day and didn’t normally drink more than a couple of beers each week. She also admitted taking cannabis fairly regularly.
Dale Brook, representing the woman, told the court the incident was completely out of character.
He said: “On the one hand her behaviour that night was appalling but ordinarily she is a loving and capable mother.
“She ended up being without her daughters for several months after this happened and her daughters were split up, staying with different family members.
“But she has since satisfied social services she is a good mother and they are no back together.
“She admits her behaviour was appalling and belligerent and she is full of remorse.”
Recorder Taryn Turner said: "The taxi driver should be applauded for his patience that night during what was an ugly incident.
“You attacked one daughter while the other was having to try and deal with a mother who was out of control while watching her little sister be assaulted.
“I accept you are embarrassed and ashamed of what you did and your remorse is genuine.
“You have no relevant previous convictions, you are remorseful and you are the primary carer for your children.”
Recorder Turner decided not to send the woman straight to prison, sentencing her to 12 months for the first count of child cruelty, suspended for two years, and eight months for the second child cruelty offence, also suspended for two years.
The sentences will run concurrently. There was no separate penalty for the cannabis possession.