A MOTHER from Kendal has admitted charges of cruelty towards two children - and has been warned she may face a jail term.

The woman, who has not been named to protect the identity of the victims, appeared before Carlisle Crown Court last week, where she entered guilty pleas to the charges.

During the hearing, the judge asked a probation officer to interview the woman, who is aged in her 30s, and provide a report which will help determine the most suitable punishment.

Judge Jeremy Lasker told the court that a prison sentence has not been ruled out.

During a short hearing in front, the female admitted three child cruelty offences involving a girl and boy both aged under 16 who.

Court papers revealed they were “wilfully assaulted” in a manner likely to cause the youngsters 'unnecessary suffering or injury to health'.

The crimes were committed during September and October last year at unspecified locations. No specific details about the offences were given.

The woman’s barrister, Sarah Magill, asked for the case to be adjourned for the preparation of a probation service pre-sentence report.

This, Ms Magill, said would provide details of the defendant’s positive progress with a view to any prison sentence being suspended.

“She is doing well. She is no longer drinking,” the barrister revealed.

Judge Lasker ordered a report which will consider all sentencing options.

He adjourned the case to October 12, when the mother - who can’t be named to protect the identities of her children - is due to be sentenced at the crown court.

In the meantime, Recorder Lasker granted her conditional bail.