Mother of the Year was having potty training issues with her daughter, so mom's idea of motivation was to kick her daughter in the stomach, beat her with a milk jug, and super-glue her hands to the wall. The daughter suffered bleeding to brain, a fractured rib, and was in a coma for a few days.
During her sentencing Mommy Dearest tried to win sympathy by playing the 'Boo-Hoo, I had a terrible childhood' card. The court was unmoved. She was sentenced to 99 years and must serve at least 30 before she's eligible for parole.
Ian Watkins' (Lost Prophets singer) was on trial for child rape. Alongside him were the two mothers of his victims as they knew what he'd been doing and helped him molest their own children. During the trial, the lawyer for one of the mothers said:
she was clearly remorseful for her behaviour and the loss of her child was her punishment.
Uh no. The loss of her child was to protect the child as it was obvious the mother concerned wouldn't and hadn't.
Honestly, trying to cite that to persuade the judge to give a lesser sentence?
Apart from Ian Watkins, one of the true crime stories that still haunts me is Fred West - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West
. With his wife, Rosemary, he kidnapped, raped, tortured then murdered a number of women, including one of Fred's own daughters. He committed suicide while waiting trial, but Rose West was jailed for life.