An Edmonton man who admitted to shaking and choking his 10-week-old baby daughter was sentenced Monday to 6½ years in prison.

James Vanderham, 23, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault last year for shaking and choking Taelyr Waluk in May 2008, leaving her with permanent physical and developmental disabilities.


Taelyr Waluk sustained permanent disabilities in the incident. (CBC)

The little girl, who is now 3, can't walk or feed herself and is blind due to brain damage.

Hailey Waluk, the child's mother and Vanderham's ex-girlfriend, had mixed feelings about the sentence.

"I was definitely expecting a little bit more," she said outside the courthouse.

"I'm happy it's over with. Happy to move on with my life and [to have] Taelyr move on with her life."

Vanderham stood up and apologized before he was sentenced.


Hailey Waluk said she was surprised her ex-boyfriend James Vanderham apologized in court for his actions. (CBC)

"I hope to someday earn the chance to hold you again," he said.

Vanderham was 19 at the time of the assault. His lawyer described him as an immature and unskilled parent with a low IQ.

The Crown was seeking a prison term in the range of eight to 10 years. Vanderham's lawyer asked for his client to receive a two to four-year sentence.

Waluk said her daughter will never get justice.

"She has to live with this for the rest of her life, so really it's never over for Taelyr," she said.