Woman returned for trial on child cruelty charges

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A Derry woman is to face trial at the City’s Crown Court next month on four charges relating to child cruelty.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court this morning for a preliminary hearing into her case.

She is charged that on dates unknown between January 21, 2014 and September 8, 2014 she assaulted a child under the age of 16 - plus a second similar charge.

She is further charged with two more assault cases against a child under the age of 16 relating on dates unknown between August 1 and August 30, 2014.

She declined to make any comment or call any witnesses at this morning’s hearing.

She will appear at Derry Crown Court on December 10 for arraignment.