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March woman jailed for allowing baby to be abused - child suffered 'horrific injuries'

A March woman who did nothing to protect a child from being abused has been jailed.

Monika Rudaityte (2287262)
Monika Rudaityte (2287262)

Monika Rudaityte, 27, of Badgeney Road, pleaded guilty to neglect and was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday (29) to four years and nine months.

Rudaityte was in the house when an 18-month-old girl was punched in the face by 29-year-old Deividas Subacius in September last year.

The toddler had significant swelling and bruising to her right eye. An examination by doctors also revealed she had eight healed fractures including to her femur, wrist, collar bone and ribs.

Detective Constable Clemie Yaxley said: “The child in this case suffered horrific injuries but Rudaityte did nothing to prevent it. Thankfully she has no lasting injuries and is now flourishing.

“Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs and is the most common form of child abuse. It can be dangerous and can cause serious, long-term damage, even death.

Subacius was jailed for 17 years in February after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and blackmail.

An NSPCC spokesperson for the East of England said: “This case shows how neglect can cause unimaginable consequences for children with Rudaityte’s actions allowing a defenceless young girl to suffer sickening abuse. Babies and toddlers are fully dependant on those adults around them so it’s vital that any concerns about their welfare are reported immediately.

“Our trained counsellors are available 24/7 on our helpline to offer advice and take action where necessary to protect children in danger.”

The NSPCC Helpline is available on 0808 800 5000 or by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk

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