Woman admits child abuse

HORRIFIC child abuse by a former Felixstowe woman can be revealed today after she admitted three charges relating to children. Dawn Rogers, 23,appeared at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court having admitted two charges of neglect and one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a previous hearing.

HORRIFIC child abuse by a former Felixstowe woman can be revealed today after she admitted three charges relating to children.

Dawn Rogers, 23,appeared at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court having admitted two charges of neglect and one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a previous hearing.

One of the children had his penis grabbed and held, leaving the boy swollen and bruised.

A member of the child's family who declined to be named said the sickening incident had left the boy with mental scars he is struggling to overcome.

"He is a tearaway. He runs riot and it takes a lot to control him. He used to say things like 'I'll get a knife on you'.

"His behavioural problems are a result of what he's been through and we are getting there but it will take time."

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Throughout the hearing bespectacled Rogers, of Withipoll Street, Ipswich, kept her eyes downcast, and sniffled.

The Evening star's application to lift part of the reporting restrictions so more details of her shocking crimes could be revealed was declined by Judge John Sennitt.

The court heard evidence from psychiatric reports which revealed Rogers had suffered from depression since 1997.

Naomi Perry, defending said Rogers was full of remorse and had assumed she would be sent to prison.

But Judge Sennitt said a community penalty should also be considered.

He said: "It would be wrong for me to say here and now to impose a custodial sentence, without further exploration. I have not made my mind up yet but will wait to see precisely what could be done if an alternative to imprisonment were adopted."

The case was adjourned to January 31, for more reports to be prepared.

Rogers was released on bail.

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