Two people have been sentenced to two years and seven months in prison each after both pleading guilty to neglecting a child.
Sarah Elizabeth Cunnington, 24, previously of Daventry, and Ryan Eames, 24, previously of Peterborough, were both carers to the little girl, now aged 4.
On January 8, 2019, the girl was taken to hospital with a broken arm and upon inspection, numerous healing fractures were also found in her other limbs. Police were called and the young girl was police protected with both Cunnington and Eames arrested.
They were subsequently charged and after pleading guilty, were handed two years and seven months in prison each.
Detective Sergeant Selena Leppard, said: “In my 11 years working within Northamptonshire Police’s Child Protection Team, this little girl’s case was one of the saddest I have encountered. I cannot imagine what pain she went through in the first few years of her life.
“She suffered chronic neglect at the hands of her carers and at 17-months-old was still unable to walk due to fractures to both her legs.
“I am so glad we managed to protect her and I am pleased to report that she is now a thriving, happy little girl being cared for exceptionally well by her foster parents.
“I hope this case shows the seriousness with which we take our role as police officers to protect children and bring offenders to justice. Despite this little girl’s exceptionally sad start in life, I hope she reaches all her potential and more.”
Addressing Cunnington and Eames at sentencing, Her Honour Judge Lucking, said: “This child suffered serious emotional and psychological harm. You failed her.”