May 2012

Spared prison: Evil couple who broke toddler’s legs, foot, arms and shoulder

Free … Emma Cartwright and Neil Gleaves

A JUDGE was blasted last night for failing to jail a cruel couple who broke a toddler’s arms and legs — because it was their first offence.

Emma Cartwright and boyfriend Neil Gleaves also left the battered youngster with a broken left foot and shoulder.

But Recorder Simon Ward took pity and imposed suspended sentences after hearing neither had previous convictions and Gleaves was “hard-working”.

He told the pair, both 27, they would have to “live with the consequences” of their deeds.

The case, which highlights The Sun’s campaign against soft sentencing, angered child protection groups. “This is a horrific case involving the brutal battering of a helpless toddler. Such crimes need to be dealt with in the most robust manner.

“The sentences handed out do not reflect the severity of the offences.”

The child, who cannot be identified, was taken to hospital with multiple fractures in January 2010, Stoke Crown Court in Staffordshire heard.

Doctors found the right leg was broken at least TWO DAYS earlier.

Prosecutor David Bennet said: “The child had fractures to both arms, both legs, left foot and left shoulder.

“Medical staff deemed they were all deliberate.”

Cartwright and Gleaves, of Wolstanton, Staffs, were convicted of child cruelty and neglect.

Both were also found guilty of cruelty to another child, who was slapped and shaken.

They were given 36 weeks’ jail, suspended for two years, with a supervision order. Gleaves was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.