Abusive parents who allow their children to die now face life in prison

Child abusers will face life behind bars if new plans for tougher sentences are approved.

The move follows a campaign by MP Tom Tugendhat and seven-year-old Tony Hudgell’s family, after the youngster had both his legs amputated because of abuse suffered at the hands of his birth parents.

Maximum punishments for a range of child cruelty offences are among a series of measures ministers want to add to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill currently going through Parliament.

The changes, dubbed Tony’s Law, were welcomed by the boy’s adopted mother Paula Hudgell.

She said that more had to be done to protect vulnerable children and the planned tougher sentences are for ‘Tony and all the babies and children that suffered or lost their lives at the hands of their abusers’.

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