A woman who "blighted" the lives of her children by subjecting them to five years of cruelty has been jailed.
Linda Clappison forced her two youngest children into unpaid work for gypsies, locked them in their rooms and assaulted them, Hull Crown Court heard.
The mother-of-four, of Keyingham, East Yorkshire, was convicted of two counts of child cruelty last month…and sentenced … to 18 months in prison.
The court heard the cruelty started in 2006 when Clappison's son and daughter were aged 10 and six.
Clappison, 46, fed the children only sandwiches and took the lightbulbs, toys, mattresses and bedding from their rooms, leaving them needing hospital treatment for frostbite.
She also shaved her daughter's head at least five times as punishment and then told people she did it because the girl wanted to look like Britney Spears.