Two sisters have been taken into the care of the social services after one of them reported being abused by her mother, philenews reports.
It said that the 10 year old had told a social worker that the mother hit her and her 13 year old sister often, and also left them alone at home for several hours.
The 43 year old mother was arrested as police investigate a case of assault, psychological violence and abandoning a child under 16.
She appeared in court on Friday and released on bail. Trial was set for September 26.
The two girls have been taken into care.