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Mum Brands Her Own Child A 'Horror' And Pleads For Help

28/07/2010 13:45 | Updated 22 May 2015

A desperate mother has pleaded for more help from social services to keep her eight-year-old under control.

At the age of eight, Kieran Prickett has already been expelled from primary school after a string of violent outbursts towards other pupils and staff, which ended when he hit a teacher.

His behaviour at home is equally disturbing. When he was five, he set fire to his parents' bedroom, forcing his family to move out of their home in Leyland, Lancashire, for a month while the damage was repaired.

Last year he pushed his grandfather down the stairs. He has also vented his frustrations by swinging the family's pet dog round by his tail, slamming his brother's head in a car door, and jumping up and down on neighbours' parked cars.

His alarming exploits have come to light because his mother claims she needs more support from social services to keep him under control.

Kieran was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 12 months ago, which is linked with difficulties concentrating, impulsive behaviour and an inability to sit still.

Yesterday Kieran's mother Kelly called him a 'Jekyll and Hyde horror' as she told how his behaviour made her feel she is a bad mother.

Kelly, who has had to give up her job as a care worker to look after Kieran, told the Daily Mail: 'I love him but I'm at a loss with what to do with him.

'The worst is when we are out and he kicks off. You can hear people whispering about you saying "if he was my kid I'd give him a good hiding" - but if I did that, it would be like telling Kieran that violence is OK.

'Other people stare at me as if it is my fault. But I have three other children and they are fine, and we have been on parenting courses and they say we are doing everything right.'

Kieran has been prone to outbursts of anger since he was born. 'He had the most high-pitched scream you can imagine,' said his mum.

'We've tried the naughty step, banning him from TV, taking his computer off him, grounding him. But nothing seems to work.

'When I ground him he'll go to play in the back garden and scale the fence and get out to the front of the house. It has got to the point where I don't dare let Kieran out for fear of what he may get up to.

'I have been in touch with social services to ask for support. But we have no help with him.'

Treatments for Kieran's ADHD have included changes to diet and treated with drugs for ADHD, but nothing has worked.

What do you think Kieran's mum should do? Have you experienced similar problems with your child?

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