A 70-year-old has been has been jailed after making her victims fight each other for meals and throwing them against walls.
Sandra Clayton also forced children to drink bleach and even slashed their feet when they ran away from home
The judge at her trial branded the abuse she inflicted between the early 70s and mid 80s as “deliberate and sadistic” as she was jailed for three counts of child cruelty.
Judge Rupert Overbury is reported as saying: “What you did was deliberate and sadistic.
“Making them fight between themselves for food and washing them with scolding hot water are mere examples.
“The affects of your abuse have left them anxious and scarred physically and psychologically.
“What you did has been catastrophic for them and fortunately they have begun to recover.”
Clayton, who resides in Brightlingsea, Essex, pled guilty to the offences decades after forcing her victims to lie about their horrific injuries to police and local authorities.
Ipswich Crown Court heard she a made up sickening game called “swingies” where she would hurl her child victims against walls.
She would also force soiled underwear into their mouths, made them sleep on the floor, go outside in the cold and shower in scolding hot water.
One of her victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said in a victim impact statement: “If I see somebody who looks like her or hear someone in the supermarket with a similar tone of voice I am still struck with a rising panic.
“It is my deepest hope I will be able to begin the healing process and find lasting peace of mind.
“The affects of the abuse have impacted every area of my life.”
Clayton’s defence lawyer Shade Abiodun said: “She cannot provide an explanation as to why these incidents took place.
She was jailed for four years.