A DOPE-SMOKING babysitter left a 10-month-old with brain damage after shaking her in a fit of rage because he was tired, a court has heard.
Joshua Morris, 29, shook the little girl while he was looking after her when her mother nipped out to a shop.
A court heard that when the mum returned she found her daughter “floppy and motionless”.
The girl – who cannot be named – is now three years old and will be affected by her injuries for the rest of her life and may never live independently.
Prosecutors said Morris lost his temper with the baby because he was “tired” having been up until 5am the previous night smoking cannabis.
Morris, of Old Colwyn, North Wales, denied grievous bodily harm claiming he found the baby “lifeless in the cot”.
But he was convicted at Mold Crown Court and was sentenced to three and a half years in jail.
Judge Rhys Rowlands told him: “You are convicted on overwhelming evidence having caused very serious injury to an innocent child.
“You did it in a momentary loss of temper which has had awful, awful, consequences for this child – sadly that she will have to live with for the rest of her life.”
Judge Rowlands added: “It was a short lived but nonetheless explosive loss of temper on your part.
“I discern no signs at all of any remorse on your part, or any concern for the child, whose life has been so badly affected.”
Detective Chief Inspector Sion Williams, who led the investigation, said: “Sadly and frankly, no punishment can ever compensate for the life-changing brain injury that this little character sustained during this dreadful incident.”
DCI Williams added: “What appears to have been a momentary act of violence has devastatingly changed this young child’s future, and they will now require life-long professional care.
“Thankfully, this little one is now experiencing life within a loving and nurturing family environment, supported by a number of dedicated and passionate professionals.”