The mum faces jail for years of cruelty towards son. Picture posed by model
A city mother faces jail for almost nine years of cruelty towards her son.
The 40-year-old assaulted the boy and drove him to self-harm, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
The mother then tried to pin the blame on her husband.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to cruelty to a person under 16 between August 2007 and July last year.
She admitted assaulting the boy by beating on August 27.
Judge Paul Darlow: custody is ‘almost inevitable’
The mother pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by making eight phone calls trying to divert the investigation towards her husband between July and October last year.
Judge Paul Darlow told her: “A custodial sentence is almost inevitable in this case.”
Michael Green, for the defendant, said she was distressed to learn that her son had been self-harming.
He added that she would submit a basis of plea – or her version of events – which accepted her guilty pleas but disputed exactly what happened.
The mum must return to Plymouth Crown Court next week
Mr Green said: “The devil is in detail. There may be an argument that a suspended sentence may be appropriate.”
Judge Darlow adjourned the case until February 3 for the prosecution and defence to reach agreement on the details of the offences.
The mother was released on bail.
She cannot be identified because that would identify her son, whose anonymity is protected by court order.