Boy, 8, scared sick parents who broke his bones at 6 weeks could be freed

Sick parents caged for torturing their young son could be freed from jail as early as January, leaving the youngster "scared and anxious".

Jody Simpson, 24, and Anthony Smith, 47, who were locked up for 10 years for the abuse and neglect of their son Pride of Britain winner Tony Hudgell were due for automatic release in August.

But Justice Secretary Dominic Raab stepped in to make sure the pair – who abused little Tony so badly he needed both legs amputated – stayed in prison.

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Now, the pair are asking to be set free within weeks, The Mirror reported. Their parole hearings mean they could walk as early as next month.

The evil duo's campaign of torment left Tony – just six weeks old at the time – with life-changing ­fractures, organ failure and sepsis.

In 2018, the pair – who failed to call doctors for 10 days – were convicted at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent of child cruelty and causing or allowing serious physical harm to Tony.

The young campaigner – who is now eight and thriving with adoptive parents Paula and Mark Hudgell – has raised more than £1.7million for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital which saved him.

Tony’s Law, which ups the top jail term for child abusers and killers, was introduced in June.

But according to mum-of-eight Paula, 54, he is said to be fearful at the prospect of his tormentors' release.

Paula said: “He is very angry with them and angry they could be allowed out of prison. He is quite scared and anxious. The abuse he suffered hurts him every day. He has ­often asked ‘when will my legs grow back?’.

“I hope the panel will listen to every word I have to say. They have no right to complain if their ­release is denied.”

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