21-year-old, who lost her temper and fucked a 1-year-old girl with & # 39; adult strength & # 39; leaving a big red mark, is saved for prison, but blasted by the judge for her & # 39; full inappropriate & # 39; behaviour
- Hayley Francis, 21, fought in court for beating a one-year-old girl with & # 39; adult strength & # 39;
- The child had left a large red mark that was noticed by the daycare staff
- Judge Paul Darlow described the blow as & # 39; adult strength & # 39;
- Francis pleaded guilty and received a 12-month community order
Hayley Francis, 21, met the girl after losing her temper with the until, Plymouth Crown Court heard. She received a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £ 500 for prosecution costs plus the standard victim's allowance of £ 35
A woman who is a 1-year-old girl with & # 39; adult strength & # 39; has given a big red sign has been spared from prison by a Crown Court judge.
Hayley Francis, 21, lost her temper and struck the girl, heard Plymouth Crown Court.
The injury was noticed by the daycare staff and doctors later confirmed that the red mark must have been caused by a blow.
Francis, from Plymouth, Devon, initially denied hitting the child, but later pleaded guilty of the violation. She received a 12-month community order today.
The court heard that she was submitting a series of possible explanations and later tried to blame someone.
But last February she pleaded guilty to cruelty to a child.
Sally Daulton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the girls' nursery staff commented that she wasn't feeling well with a temperature.
She added: & # 39; They also noticed a red mark above the diaper line that they thought looked like a slap. & # 39;
Mrs. Daulton added staff who took photos, called social services, and the girl was taken to the hospital.
She said medical experts confirmed that the blow was the only way to cause the bruise.
Judge Paul Darlow said the battle was described as having & # 39; adult strength & # 39 ;. He added: & # 39; It was a completely inappropriate way to look after her or control her & # 39;
What is child abuse in the eyes of British law?
Cruelty to a child is any action by a person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child, whether in the form of physical, sexual, emotional or neglect.
Determining cruelty to a child and the correct punishment is based on culpability by the offender and damage to the victim.
There are three levels of culpability that courts must judge, high, medium and lower.
Harm is also defined in three categories to assess psychological, developmental or emotional damage.
Fewer cases can result in a six-month sentence and / or a community order.
Extreme cases of abuse can lead to a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
Sources: Sentencing Council and NSPCC
The girl did not suffer any long-term adverse effects, the court heard.
William Parkhill, defending for Francis, said: & She has struck with considerable force, but it is what it is. The inconvenience suffered would have been very limited. & # 39;
He added that she was immature before her age and that she had regretted what she had done.
Judge Paul Darlow commissioned her for the community and said the battle was described as & # 39; adult power & # 39 ;.
He added: & You have beaten this tiny child, no doubt as a result of a brief loss of mood or bitterness with the way the child behaved.
& # 39; It was completely inappropriate. & # 39;
Francis received a 12-month community order with 20 days of probation supervision according to the Rehabilitation Activity Requirement of the service.
She has to pay £ 500 for prosecution costs plus the standard victim allowance of £ 35.