Winnipeg toddler beating draws 5-year sentence

A Winnipeg woman who took a stranger's sleeping baby from her crib and smashed the toddler's head against a sidewalk has been sentenced to five years in prison.

A Winnipeg woman who took a stranger's sleeping baby from her crib and smashed the toddler's head against a sidewalk has been sentenced to five years in prison.

But a judge gave Nikita Eaglestick double credit for the two years she has already served, so she'll only spend one more year behind bars.

Eaglestick had pleaded guilty to abduction, assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with a court order to stay away from alcohol.

She offered no explanation for the attack other than to say she gets angry when she drinks.

Eaglestick's lawyer argued she had spent enough time in jail since the September 2009 attack.

The Crown had asked for a sentence of six years in prison and no double credit for time served.

The toddler, a 14-month-old girl named Vanessa Houle, was inside her mother's home at a housing complex in Gilbert Park when she was taken from her crib at around 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2009.

The incident happened after Vanessa's mother had family members over for a late-night visit. She said at the time that a friend of her brother came over with Eaglestick, a woman no one else knew.

Vanessa was rushed to hospital and released about a week later with no permanent injuries.