A MOTHER has admitted neglecting her young daughter who endured five months of suffering.
Nursery staff who became alarmed at three-year-old Hannah Cotterell's cuts and bruises alerted social services on several occasions to the child's plight.
As a result, Jayne Kimberley Cottrell, 21, of Corkscrew Lane, Huxley, pleaded guilty before Chester magistrates to neglecting the child in a manner likely to cause injury or suffering to her health.
She was ordered to serve a six-month community rehabilitation order and to pay £20 costs.
Prosecuting, Ms Karen Morgan-Read said: 'The first injury was noted on January 6. The nursery manager noted bruising to the child's eye, chin and buttocks.'
Social services were alerted but the bruising continued.
Following the holidays, staff again found bruising to the child's chest and shoulders, and when confronted, Cottrell claimed the child had fallen.
During the course of the next few months bruises were found on the child's body, her jaw-line and the back of her neck, prompting a medical examination to be carried out.
'Dr Gibbs found 20 separate injuries, bruising and cuts on her,' said Ms Morgan-Read.
He concluded most instances were not normal injuries a child might inflict on themselves.
Cottrell, who is a student, claimed an injury to the buttocks was caused when the child sat down on a concrete slab.
By the end of the Easter holidays, the injuries were becoming frequent.
'Bruises were noted by the staff on almost a daily basis,' said Ms Morgan-Read.
And after the weekends, they appeared to be worse, she added.
A further medical examination noted 13 separate injuries on the child's body. But the doctor found the injuries were not consistent with the explanations.
Defending, Mark Macloskey told the court since Cottrell had ceased living with her partner in High Street, Tattenhall, and had moved in with her parents, the injuries had stopped.
'This didn't start until the partner moved in,' he said. 'It's not a situation where she has taken part in the abuse, nor has she been complicit.'
He said Cottrell, whose parents were in court with her, had noted her part-ner's treatment of the child and had questioned him about it. But he would keep coming up with explanations.
He said social services wanted Cottrell to ensure no approach would be made to the child by her former partner.
'There's no prospect of reconciliation with him,' he reassured the court.
Ms Morgan-Read said a decision would be made in relation to Cottrell's partner following the conclusion of proceedings.