A four-year-old girl who described herself as a "devil child" is to be taken from the care of her mother after a family court judge ruled that she had been sexually abused and lived in "a harsh, critical and abusive environment".
The youngster had told how her mouth had been taped to keep her quiet and how her ankles had been bound together with tape so that she stayed in bed, said Judge Rebecca Brown.
She often said "I'm bad, aren't I?", washed her hands repeatedly and appeared to have a compulsion to eat, the judge was told.
And, the judge said, there was compelling evidence that the little girl had suffered sexual abuse and encountered "inappropriate sexual experiences".
Detail has emerged in a written ruling by Judge Brown following a hearing in a family court at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Judge Brown concluded that the little girl had been sexually abused by her mother's partner – who the youngster called "daddy".
And the judge said the youngster's mother had exhibited inappropriate sexual behaviour in front of her.