Cou­ple deny caus­ing in­juries, in­clud­ing eight frac­tures to limbs, and risk­ing dis­abil­ity

A Maid­stone cou­ple whose baby was left with life-chang­ing in­juries have both de­nied de­lib­er­ately harm­ing him.

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Keith Hunt mes­sen­gernews@thek­m­ @KM_news­room

The child was just 41 days old when he was found to have suf­fered eight frac­tures to limbs, Maid­stone Crown Court heard.

He de­vel­oped life-threat­en­ing sep­ti­caemia, leav­ing him with a high risk of dis­abil­ity.

The court heard par­ents Jody Simp­son, 24, and Tony Smith, 46, de­layed tak­ing the child to their doc­tor from their flat in Square Hill Road af­ter he be­came ill.

“The on­go­ing ef­fects of his in­juries will be con­sid­er­able and life­long,” said pros­e­cu­tor Heather Stan­goe.

The cou­ple later told po­lice they were de­layed be­cause they were wait­ing for a plumber to mend a bro­ken boiler.

Simp­son phoned their GP in Novem­ber 2014 re­port­ing her child had cold-like symp­toms and ad­vice in­cluded to bring him into the surgery when he was due for his six-week check-up. Turn to page 11

Tony Smith and Jody Simp­son

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