UK mum Lorraine Laird, 27, jailed for burning daughter, 3, with flammable

Updated: 28 Jun 2010
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Lorraine Laird was jailed after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm and child cruelty at Leeds Crown Court


A woman suspected of burning her three-year-old daughter with hair straighteners before failing to get her proper medical treatment has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

The abuse inflicted by Lorraine Laird, 27, was only discovered when her daughter went to nursery school and staff noticed that she couldn't sit down without wincing.

Some of the burns were so bad that they were charred in places and it is thought that Laird may have used the hair straighteners on her daughter's flesh as many as four times.

Leeds Crown Court heard how, on November 27 2008, the youngster was dropped off at the nursery by her mother and it quickly became clear that something was not right.

After being asked what was wrong she lifted her skirt to reveal the horrifying blisters, reducing at least one of the adults present to tears, and leading the authorities to her mother.

After being taken to see the nursery nurse, it was noted that she could hardly walk without wincing at every step from two burns to her abdomen and right groin - the largest of which was charred in places.

Jason Pitter, prosecuting, told the court the shocking burns were both above and below the underwear line and they were matted with liquid from the injuries.

At the time the little girl described the burns as being the result of hot water and Laid blamed an accident when she was carrying a kettle, but Mr Pitter said the prosecution did not accept that claim.

Doctors who examined the youngster said those burns and two other areas of reddening were not consistent with scalding but through contact with an object such as the plated hair straighteners which would reach a temperature of 170 degrees Celsius.

Laird, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, was jailed after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm and child cruelty by failing to get her daughter proper medical attention.

Sentencing her, Judge Sally Cahill QC, said Laird still had not explained how her daughter suffered the injuries, why she suffered them or why she had not got her treatment.

She said: 'She suffered from extremely unpleasant and serious burns, according to the doctors it is likely those burns were the result of her coming into contact with a set of hair straighteners, not on one occasion but at least two and up to four.'

The judge said she had seen photographs of the injuries, of which the largest burn measured 13.5 by 3.5cms, and described them as 'quite horrendous'.

Her daughter would have been in severe pain as a result but she had not sought medical treatment or even advice when she went to a pharmacist for some burns cream.

She said it was clear from reports that Laird needed long-term therapy because of problems but that would only work when she engaged with those who could help her.

Her daughter said that she only applied talc and cream to the injuries, and the court heard that she had bought cream from a pharmacist the previous day without seeking any other medical help.

She told police she feared that if she did then her daughter would be taken away from her.

The child has now been placed with foster carers.

Allan Armbrister, for Laird, said she still found it very difficult to come to terms with what she had done and the fact she had allowed her daughter to remain in pain for so long.


SOURCE: Daily Mail


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lily1977 Commented on 23 Nov 2017
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