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WOMEN VIDEOED TOTS FIGHT
By Richard Smith 16/02/2007
FOUR women forced a toddler brother and sister to fight while they made a sick video.
The seven-minute film shows the crying boy of two in a nappy being hit in the face by the three-year-old girl.
The women - including the tots' own mother - are heard telling the boy: "Don't be a wimp and a faggot."
They goad him to hit back. The terrified boy tries to bury his head in a sofa but the women laugh as they urge the girl punch him again.
When they tell the boy to punch her back, he sobs: "No, I don't want to."
The girl tries to get away by going to the toilet - but when she returns she is urged to attack again. Finally, one woman says: "That's enough."
Social workers checking on the children found the video and immediately handed it to police.
And when officers quizzed the women one said: "They were play-fighting and it was character-building. I couldn't see any harm in toughening them up - I done the same with my own children."
Magistrates in Plymouth watched the film when all four admitted cruelty.
One also admitted causing or procuring the children to be ill -treated and the others admitted inciting it. the identity of the children, who are now in care. All were bailed for reports and will be sentenced on March 16.
Det Sgt Andy Kings said yesterday: "Every professional who saw this was shocked and stunned."
Det Insp Martin Phillips said: "It was distressing, not at all like play-fighting - more like watching dogs fight."
I felt physically ill when I read this... I tried to add a commentary but, words fail me...