The adoptive mum of a boy who was abused so badly by his parents he had to have both his legs amputated, has rejoiced over the news her son's abusers will stay locked up.
Tony Hudgell was just six weeks old when his birth parents, Jody Simpson and Anthony Smith, launched an assault on the infant so horrendous it caused multiple fractures, blunt trauma to the face and dislocations which lead to organ failure, toxic shock and sepsis.
His parents left him in that state for 10 days and as a result both of Tony's legs had to be amputated. The young boy, now 7, is also permanently deaf in one ear, and has long-term hip, thumb and wrist damage.
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For their crimes, Simpson and Smith received 10 years, however, Paula Hudgell, who fostered and then adopted Tony, was warned the pair would be automatically released halfway through their sentences with time spent on remand taken into account, reports The Mirror.
This meant Simpson was due for release on Friday, August 12, and Smith would be set free shortly after on August 29.
However on Thursday August 11, the mum-of-eight received a phone call from Dominic Raab informing her Simpson's release from jail had been blocked due to a recent law change.
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Delighted Paula said: “I had a call in the morning from my victim liaison officer to say Mr Raab had requested my phone number.
“I was on tenterhooks. I could only hope it was good news but never expected what he did tell me. It was completely out of the blue but so incredible to hear.
“I wasn’t aware of new powers that meant automatic release could be halted, so to hear him say he was using them was wonderful.
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“Mr Raab sounded very confident about the case he had built against her, saying he had not come across a worse one than Tony’s, and the same challenge would be made against Smith.”
Paula said Tony was really happy to hear about Mr Raab’s call and his eyes lit up when she told him.
Paula continued: “Mr Raab added he couldn’t promise it would be a long term block but felt he had a strong case and his action had definitely put a stop to what was to be her planned release.”
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The minister’s intervention means the Parole Board will now decide the fate of Simpson and Smith, and Paula has been advised to deliver a victim impact statement to the Board.
She said: “We will put together a statement outlining in great detail how Tony is still affected and the impact on not just his daily activities but family life as well.
“People see this cheeky, brave, determined little boy but do not see the pain he still suffers, or the hundreds of hours of hospital appointments, physiotherapy and treatments he has.
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“Those two monsters not only left my son at death’s door with life-changing injuries but they delayed seeking medical help for 10 days. So any delay of their release is justice in my eyes.”
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