The parents of Jack and Jill appeared in court yesterday, accused of gross negligence. Mr Tom Thumb QC, for the prosecution, said that the injuries sustained by the children were entirely preventable. ‘In this tragic incident, Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after.’
Thumb told the court that their parents failed to undertake a risk assessment or provide the children with any safety equipment. ‘A hard hat would have certainly prevented Jack from sustaining cranial injuries, and the correct footwear would have stopped Jill from losing her footing.’
‘Furthermore, after his accident Jack had to trot home as fast as he could caper. We then learn that he went to bed and bound his head in vinegar and brown paper.’ He continued. ‘One is bound to ask – where were his parents? This poor child had to look after himself, despite his horrific injuries.’ Jack and Jill’s parents were found guilty of gross neglect and jailed for life.