A PREGNANT 14-year-old with a history of convictions for violence sprayed nail varnish remover into the eyes of a worker at her care home.
The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Vale Royal Youth Court on Wednesday and admitted assaulting the 49-year-old man during a heated row.
The teenager resides at a North-wich care home and her growing list of offences all involve altercations with members of staff.
Derek McDonald, defending, told magistrates her offences stem from her being forced into care. 'She's not enjoying it, it's a very sad tale,' he said.
The girl is subject to three supervision orders and is considered a persistent young offender (PYO).
Simon Schwarz, prosecuting, said the victim heard the defendant shouting, arguing and being aggressive towards two female workers. One of the women approached the man, appearing to be in distress after having polish remover squirted over her head.
When he tried to intervene the man was sprayed in the face at close range. 'His skin was burning and his eyes were stinging,' said Mr Schwarz.
The victim was temporarily blinded and suffered blurred vision.
Mr McDonald said the argument began over letters the teenager had written to her family.
'This was an incident about nothing which spiralled out of control,' he said. 'Matters got out of hand and she lost her temper.
'When things get on top of her she does lash out. She knows it's wrong but she can't help herself sometimes.
'This is a young person who came into care without a blemish and is now a PYO.'
The chairman of the bench, Brian Gumm, said: 'Every time we see you it has been for an assault on a member of staff - and the assaults are getting much more serious.'
Magistrates deliberated with members of the youth offending team to decide the best course of action to both punish and help the defendant.
'We are trying to take measures to sort out the awkward position you find yourself in,' Mr Gumm told her.
'Things seem to be working with your supervision orders and we want you to continue with the progress you're making.'
The defendant was given a conditional discharge, meaning if she doesn't reoffend in that period no further action will be taken.
Mr Gumm added: 'I'm trying to give you a target so no hitting anyone or lashing out for two months.'