A mother repeatedly rejected her five-year-old daughter's claims she was being sexually assaulted by her father, Eastern Court heard yesterday. The child was only believed after she complained six times over an eight-month period last year. But her mother did nothing except buy antiseptics with which to treat her, the court was told. The father denies three counts of indecent assault. The mother testified the girl first complained about her father in February last year, saying he fondled her while her mother was out at work. Three months later, the child complained again. In October, the girl made another four allegations against her 47-year-old father, the court heard. But, each time, the mother believed her husband's denials. 'I completely accepted this denial. I felt it reasonable that such things would not happen. The child is his daughter,' the mother said. 'The girl might also have exaggerated.' In October the child told her mother her private parts were itchy. 'I reminded my husband that he was suffering from athlete's foot. He had infections on his feet and so he should not stroke our daughter,' the mother said. The family then went to Shanghai as the husband needed medical treatment. On November 30, after the mother and daughter returned, the girl showed how her father had allegedly fondled her. The woman told a social worker who informed police. The father was arrested on December 10 when he returned from Shanghai. The hearing continues before magistrate Hugh Sinclair.