A woman left an eight-year-old boy with horrific injuries, battering and knifing him during a week-long campaign of violence.
Helen Stark attacked the helpless youngster until the brutality was spotted by a neighbour looking through a window.
The 28-year-old claimed the witness was mistaken and she had been trying to stop the boy banging bottles of juice off the floor, reports the Daily Record.
When police arrived at the door in Ayrshire, she calmly said she had been expecting a window cleaner and claimed the victim’s injuries were accidental.
But doctors found extensive bruising to his head, neck, back and arms, along with swelling and various scratches and cuts “highly suggestive of non-accidental injury”, Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard.
Stark admitted assaulting the boy by repeatedly striking him on the head and body with her hands, presenting a knife, holding it against him and puncturing his skin.
She repeatedly seized him and threatened violence, grabbed him by the hair and repeatedly struck his head against a door and window sill, all to his severe injury.
An allegation that Stark, who had been looking after the boy at the time in August 2015, endangered his life was deleted in an agreed plea.
Her not guilty plea to attempting to defeat justice, by threatening the youngster that he would suffer more violence unless he gave false explanations for his “numerous” injuries, was accepted.
She was also cleared of wilful neglect and exposing him to suffering by repeatedly refusing to take him for medical treatment.
Jennifer Bain, defending, said Stark had a psychiatric problem involving unstable mood disorder, was possibly bipolar, had post-traumatic stress disorder and had been on medication for eight years.
Stark had experienced “a distressing incident when a fellow inmate set fire to herself in her cell and is extremely concerned about returning to where she witnessed the event,” Mrs Bain added.
But Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane told Stark: “I find it galling to be told you were distressed by the incident in prison and yet you were not distressed by the injuries you caused to an eight-year-old boy.”
Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports and Stark’s bail was continued.
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