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Foster girl made to sit in hot water

By Brian Farmer

Published 28/08/2015

The judge said that the foster mother and father were responsible for 'emotional abuse and neglect'
The judge said that the foster mother and father were responsible for 'emotional abuse and neglect'

A woman made her foster daughter kneel in scalding water after the youngster soiled herself, a family court judge has concluded.

Judge Sarah Singleton said the girl, now 12, had also been seen picking up faeces in the garden of her Lancashire home - and had been bitten by her foster parents' three Rottweiler dogs.

She said the woman - and her partner - had treated the girl with "cold contempt".

The judge said the girl had suffered serious leg injuries and been left scarred and "deeply traumatised".

She said the girl's foster mother and father, who also had at least one cat and a "large" pig, were responsible for "emotional abuse and neglect".

Evidence showed the animals were "well cared for".

And the judge said the foster mother had demonstrated more warmth for the animals than the girl.

Neighbours and school staff had been concerned, police and social workers had been involved and opportunities to protect had been missed, the judge said.

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