Two people were formally charged in Magistrates’ Court last week with neglect and the assault of children.

A Southampton woman, 35, denied neglecting two children, as well as assaulting and chasing one with a knife.

And a man, 34, from Pembroke, denied assaulting the two children and threatening to injure one.

The alleged offences occurred between 2016 and January 2024.

Neither the adults nor the children can be named for legal reasons.

The case was adjourned to May 13.

Senior Magistrate Maxanne Anderson released the defendants on $10,000 bail with a surety, with orders not to have any unsupervised visits with the children.

They were also ordered not to be within 300 metres of where they attend school and not contact any prosecution witnesses.