‘Worst mum ever’ to spend Christmas with electronic tag after beating daughters

A mother of three branded "the worst mum ever" will be electronically tagged over Christmas after she subjected her daughters to "chastisement" beatings on a family beach holiday.

Hayley Wejs, 32, slammed one of her children aged 10 against a car seat and punched the other aged 13 in the face.

Wejs was spoken to by police and social services officials after the two girls reported the attacks to their father who is estranged from their mother on their return from the trip to St Ives.

When confronted she told one social worker: "I do sometimes give the kids a clip around the ear. The last time it happened was when they were playing up and I got frustrated.

"I know I'm not supposed to – but the children are very challenging."

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At Minshull Street Crown Court, Wejs, admitted assault and was ordered to wear the tag for three months as part of a 9pm to 7am curfew. She was also sentenced to three months jail suspended for a year and ordered to complete 12 rehabilitation requirement days to help her address her temper tantrums.

The attacks occurred in August last year after Wejs and her new boyfriend took the two girls and their older brother on a 10-day family break at St Ives Holiday Park.

Geoff Whelan, prosecuting, said: "The older girl described an incident involving her mum which occurred in a KFC car park.

"She said her sister was upset because her mum had stopped them from going swimming to take them somewhere else to take photos.

"The younger girl told her mum to 'f**k off' more than once and the older girl described her mum taking off her seat belt and reaching over to the younger girl, grabbing her hair and slamming her head against the car roof and then slamming her face against the window, causing her face to be reddened.

"The family got out of the car and the younger girl walked off crying, and there was an argument between the older girl and her mum which resulted in the defendant grabbing her by the ponytail and dragging her back to the car.

"Later that day the older girl said she was in the lounge area of the caravan when an argument broke out as she wanted to see some friends she made on holiday.

"But her mum said 'no' then grabbed her in headlock slapped her and bit her cheek. The older girl said she hit her mum and pushed her but then her mum punched her in the nose.

"The older girl went into the bedroom and felt dizzy and couldn't breathe from her nose properly and she saw blood. She phoned her dad to tell her what happened."

Mr Whelan said the younger girl claimed her mum had slapped her and pulled her hair, and she had retaliated by calling her the "worst mum ever".

The older girl had a black eye when the children returned from the holiday. Wejs later told police they had planned to go to Mousehole but her daughters were upset as they wanted to go swimming with friends.

Mr Whelan added: "She said she does chastise the children but says she never leaves marks and bruises. She said she used to send them to bed when they were naughty but nowadays she would take their phone from them or ban them from using the internet.

"Although the prosecution accept there was some degree of provocation from the daughters, there was an abuse of trust."

Wejs who lives on Universal Credit had previous convictions for battery and assault.

Sentencing, Judge John Potter told Wejs: "You lost your temper and behaved in a violent and unforgivable way towards to your two children.

"These girls are not you equals. To simply say: 'well I think sometimes my daughters deliberately wind me up' or 'they have had their mind poisoned by their father' is, to put it bluntly, not the point. You must behave in a far more mature way than you did.

"If you don't, you will cause them more and more harm. It is wholly, wholly indefensible to abuse children – whatever you maybe feeling at the time."

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