A Rotorua woman whom was granted the care of a toddler has been admitted charges of ill-treating the child, including leaving him on a toilet for up to five hours and restricting his liquid intake to dangerous levels to prevent him from wetting his pants.

Rosemary Anne Adams, 55, pleaded guilty in the Rotorua District Court this week to assaulting a child aged between 6 months and 2 years old.

She also admitted a charge of intentionally striking the toddler with her hands, force feeding him, leaving him on a toilet for excessive periods and restricting his fluid intake which was likely to cause injury.

The offending occurred between may 2010 and February this year.  According to a police summary of facts, the toddler’s mother gave her child to Adams when he was about 6 weeks old as she was recovering from the birth.

The child returned to his biological parents occasionally, but spent most of the time with Adams.

Kua hamenehia a Rosemary Anne Adams, he kaitiaki pepe mo tona tukino i tetahi kohunahuna.  Rima tekau ma rima nga tau a tenei wahine o Rotorua, a, kei te whakawangia a Adams i te Kooti teitei o Rotorua mo ona mahi kino.  E ai ki nga rahau i te mate wai te pepe, a, ka whakanohoa te marama o Pou tu te rangi i te tau ruamano tekau me te marama o Hongongoi o tenei tau.  E ono wiki noaiho nga tau a te tamaiti ka hoatu te mama i tana tamaiti ki a Adams tiaki ai, mai reira ka tukinohia te tamaiti.