KENT, ENGLAND: A horror couple who tormented their baby boy so badly that he had to have both his legs amputated is reportedly set to be released from custody in a matter of days.

Anthony Smith, 47, and Jody Simpson, 24, have reportedly served just five years of their ten-year sentences for the vicious abuse of their son Tony Hudgell, now aged seven. The couple was convicted of cruelty at Maidstone Crown Court back in February 2018 and sentenced to ten years behind bars, but had already served time on remand while awaiting the trial. Now, the pair is set to be freed from custody this month after serving just half their jail sentences. Paula Hudgell, Tony’s adoptive mum, expressed outrage at the “sickening” news, which she said felt “like a blow to the stomach.”

54-year-old Paula learned from her victim liaison officer that Jody is due to be released this week and Anthony at the end of the month. “These monsters have spent just five years behind bars while Tony faces a lifetime of challenges as a result of their wickedness,” she told The Mirror. “They don’t go before the parole board or have to show any remorse to walk free. It’s like a blow to the stomach and makes me feel sick knowing those who abuse babies and children are free within a few years. These monsters could be living in your street and you wouldn’t have a clue.”

Jody and Anthony are due to be automatically released halfway through their respective sentences after accounting for time spent on remand. Tony is reportedly aware that his biological parents — who were also his abusers — will be freed soon. Paula, of West Malling, Kent, said her adoptive son was “cross” when she told him his birth parents wouldn’t be in prison much longer. She said the youngster wants to join the police force so he can arrest them again.

Tony’s birth parents inflicted horrific abuse on the boy, after which he was left with broken fingers, toes, and torn ligaments, in an attack just 41 days after he was born. Jody and Antony did not seek medical help and left their son to suffer for 10 days. During that period, Tony developed sepsis and nearly died before he was taken to a hospital. However, doctors were left with no choice but to amputate his legs due to the damage caused. Paula, who first met Tony when he was four months old, previously revealed how she sobbed when the boy lost both his legs. He has since raised £1.7 million (~$2 million) for the hospital that saved his life and has been bestowed with a Pride of Britain award for his fundraising efforts.

Authorities had initially decided not to charge his parents, who were only prosecuted when Paula and Tory MP Tom Tugendhat campaigned for the same. The embattled mother pushed for Tony’s Law following their conviction, hoping to increase sentences for causing a child’s death from 14 years to life. Under the law, those who cause serious harm can also get 14 years instead of ten, The Sun reported.

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