A Metro UK report has revealed that this is the first picture of a baby boy who 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 a string of ‘violent assaults’ on their 41-day-old son.
The young baby 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 hose of other infections after his bones were broken in eight places in 2014.
These photos also reveal the grim conditions inside the squalid one bed flat in Maidstone, Kent, where young Tony was so horrifically abused.
Pictures show dirty clothes and sheets piled on a clotheshorse in a bath, while another photograph shows a bag of rubbish dumped in a cot. 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 his 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. ‘It is utterly remarkable that we have in our community those who foster children and those who look after them particularly when they have a disability,’ he said.
‘That shows the most wonderful compassion and caring side to the community in which we live.
‘Baby Tony’s adopted family are absolute stars. That is the only thing I think I can say. Absolute stars.’
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