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Nursery nurses guilty of cruelty to boy

Two nursery nurses have been found guilty of cruelty to a two-year-old boy at a Hertfordshire nursery.

Lisa Wymer, 22, and her colleague 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, the court heard.

Sentencing was adjourned and both women were granted bail. St Albans Crown Court heard earlier that they had been dismissed from the nursery.

The youngster, who went to the nursery two days a week, also had his trousers pulled down and his socks and shoes removed.

Boy was 'bullied'

The court heard that CCTV footage appeared to show other children being told to poke the boy.

Wymer, of Arundel Drive, Borehamwood, and Robins, of High Street, Codicote in Hitchin, appear to be laughing and joking, prosecutor George Heimler said.

The mother of the little boy told the jury that in the hours after the bullying he was like a "shadow" following her everywhere.

She said: "He was just very clingy. He wanted to be in my arms".

Judge Martin Griffith told the women: "You bullied him and took advantage of him."

Det Con Andy Moody of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: "The defendants denied causing any distress to the two-year-old since the incident was first reported to police, to the extent of putting the little boy's parents through the ordeal of a trial at court."

Sentencing is due to take place on 22 October.

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