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Without a doubt, I live in one of the lowest crime areas in the UK, but this has happened just 50 miles away, I'm appalled and want to vent.

2 toddlers aged 2 & 3 are forced to fight with each other whilst being watched, encouraged and filmed by their mother, Grandmother, and 2 aunts.

When I first heard the initial reports on the news, I was shocked. Now the case has come to court and more details have come out, I find it beyond belief. Why would anyone want to see their children do this to each other, let alone encourage and film it?

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The judge who has heard the case has given each of the women a 12 month suspended sentence - in my view they have effectively got away with it. Obviously, the children have been taken into care. I only hope they are young enough to forget this incident and grow up to be good, caring, compassionate adults.

I don't know if anyone the other side of the pond has heard of this, in-fact, I don't know if anyone outside of the south west of england has heard of this. I'm just so appalled and don't understand why anyone would do this

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Apr 20 @ 6:31PM  
...that's sick and sad....

Apr 20 @ 6:33PM  
That's Horrible!!! Those poor children!! I hope they are able to forget this and lead normal happy lives, like all children should!!

Apr 20 @ 6:34PM  
A 12 month suspended sentence in this case is ludicrous! They definately deserve some jail time. What total crap for justice for these two children!

Apr 20 @ 6:43PM  
How sad and such a failure of justice.

Apr 20 @ 7:02PM  
In a way I'm glad they're not in jail. Why should my taxes go to pay to keep people like this fed, clothed and a roof over their head?
I have always believed that the punishment should fit the crime, but how do you deal with people like this?

Apr 20 @ 7:38PM  
please introduce me to these women.....I'd like to "toughen them up"......

Apr 20 @ 7:42PM  
There is lil one may say to this kind of tragedy ... beyond a simple condemnation ... you have mine!


Master Gry

Apr 20 @ 7:44PM  
Oh wow...I have kids and I could never do this or want to...My kids I hope wouldn't even consider beating eachother up..

Apr 20 @ 7:53PM  
I'm still agast!!!! Are they bloody pikeys???!!! Do they fight dags too???!!!

Apr 20 @ 9:13PM  
Some really sad people in this world....

Apr 20 @ 9:19PM  
I have my own ideas of punishment for those that hurt children! and mine would make prison seem like a "happy place"!!

Apr 20 @ 9:25PM  
I have my own ideas of punishment for those that hurt children! and mine would make prison seem like a "happy place
I wish you the opportunity to cast the first stone

Apr 20 @ 11:29PM  
I seem to recall a similar story here in the US some months back. While modern society generally regards such actions as cruel or shocking, it is interesting to note that in ancient times certain peoples saw these as being legitimate and necessary. For example:

The Spartans began military training about the age of 7, where they would enter the agoge system for the education and training—everything from physical training such as hunting and dancing, to emotional and spiritual training. At that age they would have to go through what was known as the gauntlet. They would have to run around a group of older children, who would flog them continually with whips, sometimes to death. As they were lightly clothed, and had no bedding to speak of, children would often put thistles in their pallet because the prickling sensation made them feel warmer.


We could of course sneer at the Spartans and call them barbarians but I think the more important point to take away is that lots of things we take to be good or bad really depends very much on the cultural context.

Apr 21 @ 12:10AM  
well said Bentman, allthough not a popular point. I'm still appalled.

Apr 21 @ 2:31AM  
sorry for spelling your name wrong Bentan, I sufer from CRS.

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