Baby’s legs amputated after parents swung him by his ankles
Written by Henry on February 20, 2018
A baby boy held in the legs with his head pointing downwards eventually had his legs amputated as he suffered life-threatening bone fractures.
The jury believed that the newborn was assaulted by his parents so badly he had to have both legs amputated.
Tony Smith Junior was almost killed at the hands of Jody Simpson and Anthony Smith who carried out what the jury believed was a string of ‘violent assaults’ on their 41-day-old son.
The infant was swung around by his ankles, which resulted in him having to have both legs amputated, leaving him with life-changing injuries.
He also suffered life-threatening septicemia and a whole host of other infections after his bones were broken in eight places in 2014.
Simpson, 24, and Smith, 46, now of Whitstable, Kent, were both jailed for 10 years at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday.
They denied causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child and cruelty, but the jury took less than an hour to find them guilty.
Both have numerous previous convictions.
The court heard how Tony Smith’s parents delayed taking their son to the doctor for nine hours because they claimed they had to wait for a plumber to fix a broken boiler.
When he was eventually taken to the GP, he was gravely ill, with his eyes closed and his lower limbs hard and swollen.
After being admitted to intensive care, Tony pulled through – but now faces a lifetime of disability.
Judge Statman praised both the NHS for saving Tony’s life and his foster parents.”