'Cruel' South Shields woman with 'tragic' background spared jail after pulling child's hair

Wadey appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.
Wadey appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.

A young woman has been spared jail after pulling the hair of a pre-school child.

Rebecca Wadey was charged with child cruelty offences after yanking the child's hair on multiple occasions.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 24-year-old picked up the child by the hair and threw them on the floor, causing them to cry.

Lee Fish, prosecuting, told the court how on another occasion, Wadey laughed as she picked the child up by the hair.

Wadey, of Gaskell Avenue, South Shields, admitted two counts of child cruelty.

Daniel Penman, mitigating, told the court how Wadey had suffered "tragedy" in her life. He said Wadey went off the rails as a teenager. Her step-dad left, and she fell pregnant.

Mr Penman continued: "She has since had another child. That child died at seven weeks and five days in June 2016.

“Her life has had more than its fair share of tragedy.

"Her mental health is somewhat fragile, she's seeing a GP who has recommended counselling.

"She's had a life marked by a number of extremely sad events."

Judge Robert Adams described Wadey's behaviour as "appalling" and a "cruel act" on a number of occasions.

Judge Adams said: "You were seen on multiple occasions to pull (the child's) hair.

"(They're) a young child and your reaction was wholly inappropriate.

"You are somebody who clearly needs help."

Judge Adams sentenced Wadey to 21 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months with rehabilitation.