New Zealand mom abused girl with machete
Wellington - A New Zealand court on Wednesday jailed a woman for seven-and-a-half years for abuse of her two young children, in a case described by the country's welfare minister as "cruel and barbaric".
"There is nothing nice about my mum," said the 8-year-old boy in his victim impact report, quoted in the New Zealand Herald.
"I was hurt for a long time so I think they should stay where they are for a long time too."
The woman pleaded guilty to 25 charges, including assaulting the boy's sister with a machete and hammer, kicking her in the crotch, tearing off her toenail and pouring salt and boiling water on her wounds.
Prosecutor Lorraine McDonald told the court that some of the abuse "amounted to torture", while Welfare Minister Paula Bennett released the inquiry which looked at the girl's case and other matters relating to child protection.
"This child was subjected to cruel and barbaric abuse from her own parents in an unusual case where the mother manipulated many into thinking she had her child's best interests at heart," Bennett said.
The woman's husband has also pleaded guilty to three charges of assault and will be sentenced in February.
The boy said his mother was "the worst" and used to beat him because he did not listen to her. One night he had to stay outside the house, the report said.
On another occasion, the boy said he told some friends about the abuse. They told a teacher, who spoke to his mother, and he was beaten again.
The court also heard part of the girl's statement in which she said she still had nightmares about what happened.
"In my dreams my mother and father are out of jail and trying to find me to hurt me some more."