Edinburgh woman attacked granddaughter, 12

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The woman now only has supervised contact with her granddaughter

An Edinburgh grandmother has admitted kicking her 12-year-old granddaughter who has learning difficulties and is unable to speak.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard the attack on the girl in October 2010 was seen by witnesses, who then phoned the police.

The 57-year-old woman admitted carrying out the attack on the girl, who cannot be identified, in Craigmillar.

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports.

'Very distressed'

Fiscal depute Malcolm Stewart said: "The girl has profound learning difficulties to the extent she is unable to communicate verbally although she uses a form of signing.

"At about 1320 GMT two witnesses heard the sound of a disturbance and when they looked they saw the accused standing over the girl who was lying on the ground.

"The witnesses saw the accused kick her to the left side of the body while she was on the ground and they were very distressed by what they had just seen."

Mr Stewart said the woman was arrested and at the police station she told officers she had simply lost her temper.

Defence agent Keith Leishman told the court the girl was in care and her grandmother now only had supervised contact with her.

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