A woman sobbed in court as she appeared in the dock accused of assaulting two children over a period of six years.
Natasha MacDonald, 35, of Dundee, denied attacking the youngsters at various locations in the city in a course of conduct that is alleged to have started when the children were of nursery and primary school age.
Among the charges against her are that she choked the older child, struck them in the face with a high-heeled shoe and bit their arm.
She is also alleged to have kicked one of the children on the knee and pushed them down a flight of stairs, causing injury.
McDonald denies that, on an occasion between November 2011 and October 2012, at a house in Dundee, she assaulted the older child, punched and slapped the child on the face and arms, kicked the child in the stomach, placed her hands around the child’s neck and choked the child.
She also denies, between October 2015 and October 2016, at another house in Dundee, assaulting the same child by repeatedly striking the child on the face and body with a high-heeled shoe to their injury, and grabbing the child by the hair, slapping the child’s face, pressing their face against a window and forcing the child to move by pulling the child’s hair.
She further denies assaulting the same child in December 2017, by punching the child on the eye and biting the child’s arm to their injury.
MacDonald also denies, on an occasion between February 2016 and March 14 2018, at another house in Dundee, assaulting the younger child and dragging the child by the hair along the floor, and at another house in Dundee, assaulting the same child by kicking the child on the knee and striking the child on the face with her hand, to their injury, and assaulting the child again by pushing the child down the stairs.
And MacDonald further denies a charge of breaching her bail conditions by approaching and contacting the two children at Home Bargains, Wellgate Centre, between March 27 and April 18 2018.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael fixed her trial for June 28, with an intermediate hearing on June 7.
MacDonald was granted bail in the meantime.