Charlene’s mum attacked by daughter

Karen Downes, whose daughter Charlene (below) went missing in 2003, was attacked by another one of her daughters.

Karen Downes, whose daughter Charlene (below) went missing in 2003, was attacked by another one of her daughters.

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The mother of a missing schoolgirl was attacked by another one of her daughters, a court was told.

Karen Downes, mother of missing Charlene, was punched, slapped and spat at by daughter Rebecca Downes.

Charlene Downes

Charlene Downes

The court heard Rebecca lost her temper because she thought her mother was deceiving her father and seeing someone else.

Charlene was a pupil at St George’s High School when she went missing in November 2003, aged just 14.

Despite Lancashire Police’s biggest ever missing person’s inquiry she has never been found.

Rebecca, 26, of Healey Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault.

She was fined £35 and ordered to pay the £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Mrs Downes returned home from hospital to find Rebecca outside her home on July 17.

Rebecca called her mum foul names, spat in her face and shouted: “Why don’t you tell dad the truth.”

She then punched her mother on the left side of the face and slapped the other side of her face saying: “Come outside and fight me.”

Karen Downes was not injured in the attack.

Leisa Splaine, defending, said her client suffered from severe anxiety and depression.

On the day of the offence Rebecca was due to attend a funeral, but could not get there.

Ms Splaine said: “She was going home on the bus when she saw her mum with someone else and formed the opinion there was something going on that should not have been.”

Rebecca went and challenged her mother, something she now deeply regretted.

The incident had now been put to one side and there was still a good relationship between mother and daughter, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard.

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