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Nursery nurses sentenced for child cruelty

Two nursery nurses have been sentenced to 16-weeks in jail suspended for 12 months for cruelty to a two-year-old boy at a Hertfordshire nursery.

Lisa Wymer, 22, and Rebecca Robins, 21, were seen on CCTV dragging the boy across the floor.

The women denied mistreating the boy at the nursery in Welwyn Garden City but were found guilty after a trial at St Albans Crown Court.

The women have already been dismissed from the nursery.

Pulled across floor

They have also been given a six month supervision order with probation and will both need to complete 100 hours of unpaid work within a 12-month period.

Wymer, of Arundel Drive, Borehamwood, and Robins, of High Street, Codicote, carried out the offence on 17 December.

The CCTV footage played during the trial showed the youngster being pulled across the floor by Wymer after he pretended to be asleep.

Children were then encouraged to push and prod the little boy.

His shoes and socks were removed and his trousers were pulled down in the 10 minute session.

Later that day after the boy had been taken home by his mother, she found he was like a "shadow" following her everywhere and constantly wanting to be cuddled.

Incident 'assessed'

Since the incident he has had nightmares, the court was told.

Counsel for Wymer said she had been in the running for the "nursery practitioner of the year" at the nursery.

Sentencing them Judge Martin Griffith said: "You two sparked each other off and launched upon a course of teasing and ended up with the humiliation of the boy which you found funny."

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire County Council children's social services said it assessed the incident with the police and the owners of the nursery and ensured it was investigated.

Det Con Liz Carey, from the child abuse investigation unit at Hertfordshire Police, said: "I hope that today's sentencing will help the little boy's family put this incident behind them and move on.

"The prompt reporting of nursery staff members and the procedures they have in place within the nursery to protect children have been instrumental in securing a successful prosecution today."

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