A couple have been jailed for eight years for leaving a baby boy in ‘immense pain’ by breaking 28 bones across his tiny body then hiding his injuries from doctors.
Adam Jendrzeczak, 32, and Aleksandra Kopinska, 22, broke the knees, ankles, ribs, and arm of the baby at a flat in Brighton.
During sentencing the judge called the pair ‘wicked almost beyond belief’ after they showed ‘no remorse’ for the horrendous abuse they had carried out.
When the baby boy was eventually taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in February 2017 with a broken arm, the pair lied to doctors about the causes of his horrific injuries.
Police arrested the pair, who claimed the child had tripped on a raised corner of carpet.
Ryan Richter, prosecuting, told Hove Crown Court: ‘It was then revealed he had further and extensive injuries, including 20 fractures to his ribs, fractures to both of his knees and both of his ankles.
‘Expert evidence showed the injuries were caused by significant force.’
Paediatricians said the baby’s injuries could have been caused by a twisting motion and a crushing force.
They identified the rib fractures as being caused between four and six weeks before the child was taken to hospital.
The court heard Jendrzeczak had initially dismissed his barrister, insisting sentencing should await the arrival of his lawyer from Poland.
When the judge refused, Jendrzeczak accepted representation by court-appointed barrister Brian Shaw, but Mr Shaw told the judge the defendant had refused to talk to him before the hearing, so he could not act on his behalf.
When the abuser argued he was being ‘discriminated against’ for not having his own lawyer, Judge Henson told him he saw himself as a ‘victim’ who had ‘complete disregard’ for his victim.
The judge added: ‘You have shown absolutely no remorse.
‘Those who had to deal with you, both neighbours and health professionals, found your demeanour to be aggressive and hostile.’
After his sentencing it emerged Jendrzeczak was convicted in 2011 for domestic violence, believed to be against his own mother.
Hove Crown Court was told his relationship with Kopinska was ‘controlling’ and based on ‘high levels of anger’.
Kopinska was described as ‘passive and subdued’ and did not engage with professionals when they asked if she had been the victim of domestic violence.
Mark Kessler, defending, said experts found that she looked ‘caring’ to health professionals but said she presented as ‘cowardly’.
The judge told her she had ‘continued to be unwilling to acknowledge the damage caused’ to the baby as a result of her behaviour.
Judge Henson said: ‘This was a gross abuse of trust. The baby had no abnormality or diseases which could have led to these injuries.
‘They were non-accidental, they were deliberately caused and required significant force to inflict. They would have caused immense pain.’
He said the pain would have been ‘obvious’ and told the couple: ‘The injuries you caused were truly appalling and showed wicked cruelty towards a tiny baby, almost beyond belief.’
The pair were both jailed 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.
Jendrzeczak was given an extended sentence, and must serve two thirds of his prison spell before he can be considered for parole.
Police have said the child is not expected to suffer long-term physical issues as a result of the abuse inflicted at such a young age, with a spokesman adding: ‘I am happy to report that the child is developing well.’