Parents call for tougher sentences for child cruelty 

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The adoptive parents of a four-year-old boy who was beaten so badly by his birth parents that he had to have his legs amputated are set to call on the government to implement tougher sentences for child cruelty.

Paula and Mark Hudgell fostered baby Tony just days after Christmas 2014 and the couple has now started a petition for tougher sentences on child cruelty which has already garnered more than 11,000 signatures of support.

Years - Tony - Failure - Fractures - Sepsis

Four years ago Tony had been admitted to hospital with multiple organ failure, numerous fractures and sepsis, injuries which had been inflicted by his birth parents.

After a six week battle to save the youngster, doctors made the decision to withdraw all but palliative care, however doctors were unable to stop treatment because Tony was a ward of court, and the courts had closed for Christmas.

Days - Tony - Fought - Life - Doctors

In those few days Tony fought for his life and amazed doctors by rallying and weeks later he was fostered by the Hudgells.

His birth parents were later jailed due to the tireless work of the Hudgells who pushed to have them prosecuted after the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case.

Mother-of-eight - Mrs - Hudgell - MP - Tom

Now, Mother-of-eight Mrs Hudgell has been working with her MP Tom Tugendhat who will present her petition to the House of Commons on January 8, hoping to change the law in Tony's name.

After celebrating Christmas together Mrs Hudgell said it is her New Year's resolution is to continue to fight for vulnerable children and to build more protection for children into British law.

Year - Children - Sentences - Anyone

'This year I will continue to fight for all children until we get tougher sentences for anyone who hurts them.

'Increased sentences will make no difference to Tony now but hopefully it will help future children.

Children - Something - Needs - That

'Too many children are abused and neglected and something needs to be done to stop that.'

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