Mother slapped son across face in school playground

Date: Friday 18th August 2017

AN Eden mother who slapped her six-year-old son across the face in a school playground was given a conditional discharge.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, admitted assault by beating when she appeared at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Mrs. Pam Ward said a number of witnesses who saw the incident unfold between the mother and her child were so concerned that they raised the matter with the school and children’s services.

A witness described seeing the boy running around the playground. The defendant believed he knocked another child over and she began shouting at him to apologise.

The witness said the mother grabbed her child by the scruff of the neck and shouted: “You do not mess with me today”. She slapped the boy across the face before pushing him to the ground. Another witness saw the woman arguing with her son and then slapping him with sufficient force for the blow to be heard across the playground.

Although she was unsure whether the child fell or was pushed, the second witness said the mother said to her son when he fell: “See how you like it”. Miss Sara Budniak, defending, said the mother denied slapping her child and claimed she had “cupped” his face. She disputed that a slap could be heard over the noise of a playground. However, she did admit pushing the youngster.

Miss Budniak said the mother did not usually use chastisement as a method of punishment but had been struggling with personal problems at the time.

The mother was given a six-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and court costs of £85.