A VILE boyfriend smashed a three-month-old baby’s head off a post leaving the child with a serious brain injury after his cries disturbed the attacker’s video game.
Andrew Woodhall, 24, from Hartlepool, bashed the baby’s head against a stair post in 2016.
Almost four years later, Woodall has faced justice.
Teesside Crown Court heard a heart-breaking statement from the child’s mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as she detailed the horrendous difficulties her child has faced since.
In her statement, read out in court by Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, the mum said: “The day he finally admitted what he had done, my world came crashing down.
“I felt so much anger and hate, which was replaced by a feeling of sadness.
“Sadness about all the things I had missed out on with (her child) because of him, then thinking about all the things that I will miss out in the future and never experience with (with the child).
“(The child) may never walk or talk or play like other kids. I constantly worry about the life (the child) will have.”
The child’s mum added: “I will never hear (the child) say they love me and never hear (the child) call me mummy, I will never see (the child) take its first step and never get a cuddle.”
The youngster has been left dependent on medication to tackle their epilepsy and will be fully reliant on 24-hour medical care for the remainder of their life.
I felt so much anger and hate, which was replaced by a feeling of sadness
Mr Perks told the court that Woodhall had initially claimed the child’s injuries were caused by an accident.
But medical examinations carried out at the University Hospital of North Tees found a number of ‘catastrophic’ injuries had been inflicted on the baby.
“He stopped shaking the child when he heard a thud which he believed was its head hitting the newel post at the top of the stairs. He told the police he had shaken the baby for some 90 seconds and not the 30 seconds he had previously maintained,” said Mr Perks.
“He said he felt embarrassed, upset and disgusted with himself and added that he had no contact with the family since.”
Woodhall pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
Woodhall’s lawyer Andrew Turton said his client had shown remorse for his actions and had been living with the guilt ever since the “moment of madness”.
Judge Paul Watson QC jailed Woodhall for 27 months.
The judge said: “This case serves as a tragic reminder of the fragility and vulnerability of small children – in this case the child was just three-months-old. The enormous responsibility, which is placed on those caring for them, responsibility which you betrayed.
“You betrayed the trust that had been placed in you to case for the child, in what I have heard, was a most violent and prolonged manner.”