A couple have been jailed after inflicting horrific injuries on a baby boy by fracturing 28 bones in his body.
Aleksandra Kopinska, 22, and Adam Jendrzeczak, 32, broke the four-month old tots’ knees, ankles, ribs, and arm in a cruel attack.
The youngster was taken to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton after he suffered “immense” pain at their hands.
Judge Christine Henson described the injuries as “truly appalling” at Hove Crown Court where they were sentenced today.
She added that they had shown “wicked cruelty towards a tiny baby”.
The unemployed pair, of Hove in East Sussex, have been locked up for eight years for assaulting or neglecting a child and causing unnecessary suffering, and for causing or allowing a child to suffer serious physical harm.
The case first came to light after the tot was taken to the Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital in Brighton by the two in February 2017 with a broken left arm.
Hospital staff completed a skeletal X-ray and identified 27 further fractures to the child’s body; these included multiple rib fractures, knee fractures and ankle fractures.
The child was taken into police protection and placed into the care of the local authority until a suitable home was found for him.
Police arrested Kopinska and Jendrzeczak and they both claimed the arm injury was an accident due to tripping over a raised carpet.
They claimed to having no knowledge as to how the further fractures had been caused.
At their trial both admitted to lying to doctors about when the child’s arm was broken and stated it was days before they presented to the hospital.
Jendrzeczak at this point pleaded guilty to child cruelty but Kopinska did not plead to this charge.
Experts in paediatric medicine provided evidence of how the injuries could have been caused, which proved vital to the prosecution of the suspects.
They identified the fractures as being caused between four and six weeks before the child was taken to the hospital.
Detective Sergeant Jenny Pietersen said; "This is a really sad case of child abuse against a vulnerable young child who at four months old was helpless and defenceless.
"We worked closely with the local authority and medical professionals to ensure that the child was safe and prevented any further suffering.
"Investigating and protecting societies most vulnerable is a priority for Sussex Police and we will work tirelessly to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
"This case will resonate with everyone who hears of it and I am happy to report that the child is developing well, and is not restricted by the injuries he sustained at such a young age.”
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