Sentencing was delayed Monday for an Edmonton man who admitted to shaking and choking his 10-week-old baby daughter.

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

During Monday's sentencing hearing, Vanderham's lawyer told the court about a conversation his client had with a psychiatrist that contradicted things he said when he pleaded guilty.

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Hailey Waluk wipes a tear from her eye while speaking to reporters outside the Edmonton Law Courts. Sentencing for her former boyfriend James Vanderham in the assault of their daughter was delayed Monday. (CBC)

The judge agreed more time was needed to clear things up so the hearing was postponed.

Hailey Waluk, the child's mother and Vanderham's former girlfriend, was upset with the news.

"Finally, I thought today that we would have some closure, and that me and Taelyr would be able to move on with our life," she said.

Vanderham will be in custody until he's back in court Friday to set a new date for sentencing.