A mum and stepdad have admitted child cruelty charges after subjecting a nine-year-old boy to a four-hour military-style boot camp routine to discipline him.
The boy was dragged out of bed at 9pm and forced to do nine-minute sets of press ups, sit ups, star jumps and other gruelling exerciser.
If he failed, they reset the clock and made him do it again before eventually allowing the child to go to bed shortly after 1am, a court was told.
The ordeal took place in the St Austell area of Cornwall, in January last year. Read more