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Timothy Greenaway, 30, was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday after earlier pleading guilty in Edmonton's provincial court to aggravated assault.
"This new-born child was injured by you and by your actions from head to toe, from top to bottom and from inside to out," Judge Susan Richardson said.
The judge accepted that Greenaway was sorry and had accepted responsibility, but criticized him because he was "not honest about what had happened to this child," noting his story to police did not match the injuries.
According to agreed facts, Greenaway had initially told the child's mother he had caused her to fall from a couch onto the floor and she was "banged up a bit," but fine.
He later admitted to police that he had made up the story of the couch fall and said he had only assaulted the newborn a couple of times with his hands after getting frustrated with her crying and his inability to get her to eat.
However, doctors reported the baby had suffered two black eyes, bruising to both cheeks and jaw, bruising and swelling on the left side of the face, and bruising inside the mouth and on the sternum and left clavicle area, as well as to the abdomen, right leg, flank and back.
A CT scan also revealed some brain damage had occurred and a pediatric expert concluded the injuries were the result of numerous impact events or episodes.
Court heard the aggravated assault happened on June 6, 2011, about two weeks after the victim's mom had moved in with Greenaway, which was about a month after the couple had met on social networking site Plenty of Fish.
Court also heard the mom had left the newborn in Greenaway's care for about six hours that day to attend some educational commitments and it was the first time she had left the baby in someone else's care.
Once she saw the multiple bruises on the baby's face and abdomen, she immediately drove her to a hospital.
Court heard the child was taken into foster care after being discharged from hospital, but is now being raised by her natural father, who didn't even known the child had been born or that the mother had been pregnant.
He told court the toddler, now nearly 16 months old, is doing pretty well and both walking and talking, although her full prognosis won't be known until later as she reaches certain developmental marks.