Published: 00:01, 13 July 2018
| Updated: 18:56, 13 July 2018
An evil mum jailed for breaking her newborn son’s legs and giving him life-changing injuries has appealed her decade-long prison term.
Tony Hudgell was left at death’s door by his parents at just 41 days old.
Fortunately he pulled through, but had to have both of his legs amputated.
Jody Simpson and partner Antony Smith, from Maidstone, were each jailed for a decade earlier this year for allowing their son to suffer serious physical harm and neglect.
Now Simpson has requested for hers to be reduced.
Tony’s foster mum Paula Hudgell, who has given the youngster, now three, a fresh start in a loving home in Kings Hill, had been campaigning for child abusers to receive tougher sentences in the wake of the trial.
She has expressed her dismay at the decision to appeal.
Simpson was locked up by Judge Philip Statman at Maidstone Crown Court in February for inflicting horrendous injuries on baby Tony.
The youngster made a miraculous recovery after being adopted by Mrs Hudgell, who has given him a fresh start in a loving home in Kings Hill.
Simpson, 24, shared her squalid flat in Square Hill Road, Maidstone with Tony’s biological father Antony.
He received the same 10-year jail term. But it has emerged Simpson has appealed to have hers slashed.
The shock news comes as Mrs Hudgell is collecting signatures for a petition to have the maximum term for child cruelty increased.
So far it has amassed 1,300 signatures and she is due to begin another handwritten petition to hand to the House of Commons.
Mrs Hudgell said: “It was a bit of a shock when I found out she was appealing her sentence.
“I originally thought any appeals had to be within 28 days of sentencing so she must be making a renewed appeal after having one appeal turned down.
“Why it has been appealed I don’t know. She obviously feels she hasn’t done anything wrong.
“There is no remorse there and she has no feelings about what has happened and she wants to get her sentence cut.
“I don’t know what is possessing her to think she could get her sentence reduced.”
To sign the petition visit tinyurl.com/petitiontony
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