EMERGENCY operators heard a child screaming when they answered a 999 call from a woman who had been bitten in the face by her husband.
Jordan Ross Mann, 32, now living at Main Road, Hogsthorpe, admitted assaulting his wife Rebecca Mann by beating at their home in Wilton Avenue, Chapel St Leonards on January 12.
Mann was appearing for sentence at Skegness Magistrates Court, having been remanded into custody on February 1 for psychiatric and probation reports.
Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said in the early hours of January 12, an argument developed between Mann and his wife.
During the argument, their two-year-old son came into the room.
While Mrs Mann held her son, Mann grabbed her and bit her face while the child was in her arms.
Mrs Mann then ran to get their other child and asked her husband to leave the house. He refused and stopped her from leaving.
At this time she had both her children in her arms and Mann went into the kitchen and started headbutting a fruit machine that was in there.
She then went into the bedroom to ring for the police but when she did so, Mann followed her in and punched her and pulled her finger back.
Mr Johnson said that the telephone operator receiving the emergency call could clearly hear the child screaming.
He said Mrs Mann was able to push her husband away and run to a neighbour's house for help until the police arrived.
She received a swollen cheek and sore finger but refused hospital treatment as she did not want to take her children there.
He said Mann could not remember the incident when questioned but was very distressed and talked of committing suicide.
Mitigating, Terry Boston said Mann was 'very remorseful' and found it difficult to believe he could do such a thing.
He told the magistrates Mann had spent a total of 37 days in custody on remand, which equated to a 10-week prison sentence and had already been punished at a greater level than a community order.
He also said the report showed Mann was not suffering from any mental illness.
Magistrates imposed a two year community order with supervision and a requirement to attend a domestic abuse programme.
He was also ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £100 in compensation to his wife, as well as £40 towards court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.