The mum of a baby left severely disabled after he was shaken by his father says he has “got away with it” after being jailed for three years.
Luke Honeychurch, 24, shook four-month-old Romeo so hard he suffered a bleed on the brain which caused severe physical and mental disabilities.
He shook him after losing his temper with the baby for crying.
The brutal dad was jailed for three years on Friday (8/7) at Truro Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing cruelty to the youngster.
But Romeo’s mother Abbie Dean, 22, said the sentence was not long enough and justice has not been served.
She said: “Three years is nothing. I will look after a disabled son for the rest of my life. My son has not got justice. He [Honeychurch] has got away with it. I hate him.
“I thought he would get ten years. He will only be in prison for one and half. It’s unbelievable.”
The incident happened in June 2014 at Abbie’s home and Honeychurch, of Agaton Road, Plymouth, repeatedly lied about what happened to cover his tracks.
Abbie, from Saltash, Cornwall, said Romeo had to be put on life support after he was rushed to Royal Bristol Children’s Hospital due to the severity of his injuries.
He spent four months in hospitals following the incident and suffers from cerebral palsy, diabetes insipidus and epilepsy.
Miss Dean, a hairdresser, said: “We were going back and forwards from Derriford and Bristol.
“You read about this kind of thing in magazines but when it happens to you it doesn’t feel real. So much was going on.”
She said she is now trying to put everything thing behind her and move on with her life and that despite his needs, Romeo is a happy child.
Abbie said: “The doctors said he will never be able to walk but he is making progress and doing things they didn’t think he could do.
“You do hear about these stories so we are hopeful. He is a real character and knows what he likes and doesn’t like.
“He’s a very happy boy considering everything he’s been through.”