A foster mother who subjected three children in her care to a “horrifying catalogue of cruel and sadistic treatment” was jailed for 14 years today.
Eunice Spry, 62, of Gloucestershire, routinely beat, abused and starved the vulnerable youngsters over a 19-year period.
The devout Jehovah’s Witness forced sticks down their throats and made them eat their own vomit and rat excrement.
As punishment for misbehaving, she would beat them on the soles of their feet and force them to drink washing-up liquid and bleach.
Spry denied all the claims made against her and insisted the only physical punishment she ever used was “a smack on the bottom”.
A jury at Bristol crown court convicted her last month of 26 charges, ranging from unlawful wounding, cruelty to a person under 16, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation.
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