A Kiwi mum punished her children over several years for their "sins" by making them do demeaning tasks such as holding bricks above their heads for hours on end and submerging them in a swimming pool during winter.

For nearly two decades eight of nine children were abused by their mother to atone for their "sins".

They were starved, submerged overnight in cold swimming pools, ordered to run "punishment marathons", and forced to

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