Three young kids were beaten with belts, starved and made to hold weights for hours by their cruel mum and her partner.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court on Monday to three counts of torture inflicted between July 2017 and February 2018.
The Australian court heard horrific details of the abuse that took place in the Moreton Bay home over seven months.
Crown prosecutor Toby Corsbie told the court the woman and her partner subjected the three children — none of whom were older than 10 — to “gratuitous inflictions of violence and pain”.
The kids were hit, beaten with belts and spoons, locked in their rooms for hours and denied food, sometimes for more than a week at a time.
Mr Corsbie said the worst punishment was a sick routine called “The Wall” in which the children were made to face a wall with their hands raised above their heads.
They would then be beaten by the woman, her partner or even their own siblings for hours at a time. The eldest boy, who was just 10 at the time, was sometimes made to hold heavy weights at the same time.
The abuse came to light in February 2018 when the boy was kept home from school after enduring a weekend of violence from his mum and her partner. When he returned to school, staff noticed his injuries and alerted the authorities.
“Ultimately, he had physical violence inflicted on every surface of his body”,” Mr Corsbie told the court.
He said the torture had “horrific emotional consequences” for the young children and all three had been reluctant to speak to officers, with one saying she’d been ordered not to speak to police.
The mother’s defence lawyer Patrick Wilson said his client had a difficult life after she was kicked out of home at a young age and had endured multiple abusive relationships.
He said she was now seeking professional help, including drug and alcohol counselling, and had undertaken multiple parenting courses.
“She has suffered at the hands of these men in her relationships… the children observed violence directed towards her by the partner,” Mr Wilson told the court.
“They identified she seemed to be operating under his influence.”
Judge Geraldine Dann adjourned the case for sentencing on Tuesday and remanded the woman in custody.
Her partner is currently awaiting trial for his role in the torture.