Mom jailed 8 years for 'torture' of daughter

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Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:41 PM ET

CALGARY -- Calling the abuse of the offender's pre-teen daughter "torture," a Calgary judge on Wednesday sentenced a city woman to eight years in prison.

"The countless occasions of harm inflicted on the victim over 17 months can only be described as planned and deliberate acts to harm an otherwise defenceless child," Judge Mike Dinkel said. "The offender's acts were unwarranted and disturbingly gratuitous at best and sadistic at worse.

"In my view, the offending behaviour is at the highest end of the spectrum and could only be described as torture."

The woman, who can't be identified, earlier pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, two counts of assault with a weapon, uttering threats and administering noxious substances to her daughter.

Crown attorney Rose Greenwood, who had sought an overall sentence of 10 years, said the abuse included forcing the girl to eat hair and feces.

The girl was also subjected to regular beatings with a baking pan her mother kept by the front door and on one occasion cut her toe, severing two tendons and a nerve.

Twice the mother poured scalding water on her daughter as she showered.


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