A care-home worker and her husband who subjected their children to years of horrific abuse were facing jail yesterday after being convicted of cruelty.
The couple hid their crimes for years by lying to social services and ‘brainwashing’ their daughter and two sons into believing their sadistic punishments were ‘horseplay’, a court heard.
The friend told the jury that her concerns were dismissed as ‘malicious’. ‘The children begged me to ring social services but my complaints were dismissed,’ she said. ‘I’ve lost count of the amount of times I rang.’ However, Ann Pennell of Lancashire County Council said it investigated every complaint of abuse.