Tougher penalties for child cruelty
7-year-old Tony Hudgell was Tony was abused by his birth parents when he was a baby. His injuries remained untreated for 10 days and the damage caused, meant both his legs had to be amputated.
He was adopted by an amazing couple, Paula and Mark Hudgell, who have helped him thrive and become the amazing little boy he is today.
Paula, Mark and Tony campaigned to get sentences increased for causing or allowing child cruelty or serious physical harm, and on 30th November, the government confirmed it backed the campaign to bring in harsher sentences.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said:
“The law must provide maximum protection to the most vulnerable and no-one is more vulnerable than a young child.
So, we are increasing the maximum penalty for child cruelty causing or allowing serious physical harm from 10 years to 14 years, and the maximum penalty for causing or allowing the death of a child from 14 years to life imprisonment.
I pay tribute to the courage of young Tony Hudgell and his adoptive parents Paula and Mark”.
Hear Paula on the BBC News
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