A 40-year-old Dunedin woman slapped, punched and kicked her
6-year-old daughter in the head because the girl had cut her
clothes, the Dunedin District Court heard yesterday.
The woman, whose name is suppressed, appeared before Judge
Kevin Phillips and admitted a charge of injuring with intent,
in relation to an incident at her home on January 16.
Judge Phillips said although the woman had no previous
convictions, a fulltime custodial sentence was ''more than
He granted her bail by a ''slim margin'' on the basis she
might receive a community-based sentence.
The woman initially denied the offending but yesterday
changed her not-guilty plea.
Prosecutor Sergeant Ross Hutton said the woman, at the time
of the offending, lived with her husband and two children,
aged 1 and 6.
The 6-year-old had dressed herself for a school holiday
programme but the defendant was unhappy with the choice of
outfit, Sgt Hutton said.
''She required her to get changed and discovered the victim
had made a cut on her top.
''The defendant slapped her daughter across the face then
picked her up and threw her to the ground before unleashing
several punches and kicks to the victim's head,'' he said.
''A number of blows struck the victim in the face.''
The girl had bruises and red marks around both eyes and above
her left eye.
She told a social worker she did not want her mother to visit
her, Sgt Hutton said.
The woman told police she lost her temper and struck out at
her daughter because the girl had cut her clothes.
The woman was convicted and remanded for sentencing on May 9.
Judge Phillips called for an updated victim impact statement,
and a pre-sentence report addressing the woman's mental state
was also ordered.