14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Parents Charged With Attempted Murder For Forcing Daughter, 10, Into Doing 'Too Much Sport'

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In an apparently extreme case of pushy parenting, the mum and dad of a 10-year-old girl have been charged with attempted murder after allegedly forcing her to do too much sport.

Prosecutors claim the girl was made to swim continuously in a dam near in South Africa while her mother and father watched from the sidelines.

When the girl became tired, she was assaulted and forced to carry on.

The 38-year-old mother of the primary school pupil and her 31-year-old husband appeared in Bloemfontein Regional Court on Monday charged with attempted murder and child neglect.

The woman, who faces a further charge of assault, was warned she could face up to ten years in prison, it was reported by