THE mum of a baby boy who was brain damaged and blinded by his own father appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show today.
Joanne Senior, of Willow Grove in Golcar, was on the ITV1 chat show for a one-to-one interview about her son, Charlie.
The two-year-old was left blind and brain damaged after being shaken by his father, Paul Sykes, at the age of 15 weeks.
He is likely to need care for the rest of his life.
Builder Sykes, 40, was jailed for four years at Bradford Crown Court in April after admitting grievous bodily harm.
Unbeknown to Joanne, he had already been given a nine-month suspended sentence in 1992 for breaking the leg of a two-month-old girl, who was also left with facial and abdominal bruising.
Joanne, 33, is now campaigning for legislation that would allow people to find out if their partner had any convictions for offences against children.
She has started a petition on the 10 Downing Street website to call for change.
In a change from the usual format today’s Jeremy Kyle Show programme spoke to people ‘behind the headlines’ of news stories.