After punching a child on the street, former Home and Away star Dee Smart admitted to common assault.
According to the Inner West Courier, Smart, 55, was observed in January in Sydney’s Chippendale neighbourhood assaulting a young child.
A witness claimed to have seen Smart repeatedly strike the child over the head and shoulders.
According to police, “the accused then started cursing at the victim, saying things to the effect of “see what you’ve f**king done.”
Prior to Smart throwing a plastic spray bottle that struck the youngster in the ribs, the toddler was heard wailing, according to the police.
In a later interview with the police, Smart acknowledged “just snapping, hitting, and beating” the child.
At Downing Center Local Court on Tuesday, the former actress was given a two-year community corrections order after entering a plea of guilty to common assault.
She had requested that the case be dropped due to mental health issues, but this was rejected.
In 1991 and 1992, Smart portrayed Lucinda Croft on Home and Away.
She also played Lady Luck, a character who offered betting advice to gamblers, on The Footy Show from 1995 until 2002.