LITTLE Charlie Senior was robbed of his sight after he was violently shaken by his own father.
The Golcar tot, two today, suffered brain injuries at the hands of Paul Sykes in May, 2007, when he was just 15 weeks old.
It left him blind and with restricted movement in the right side of his body.
Medical tests carried out last week confirmed he is unlikely to be able to see anything more than light and dark for the rest of his life.
The long-term effects will not be known for some time, but could also include severe learning difficulties.
Sykes, of Stocks Way, Shepley, was due to go on trial at Bradford Crown Court yesterday after denying committing grievous bodily harm at a hearing last September.
But the 40-year-old builder changed his plea to guilty at the last minute.
He will now be sentenced in April.
Charlie’s mum Joanne, 32, of Willow Grove, said she was happy Sykes had admitted the offence.
But she added: “I have a lot of hate towards him. If I had known what he was capable of, things could have been a whole lot different.
“I’m hoping he goes to prison but, no matter what he gets, he will be out in a couple of years with his freedom to carry on as normal.
“Charlie is stuck with this for the rest of his life.”
Joanne met Sykes on a friend’s hen night in October, 2006. They moved in together the following January.
She said there was no hint he had violent tendencies.
“Things were absolutely fine to start with,” she said. “I wouldn’t have introduced him into my life if I knew he was a risk.
“He had two children from a previous marriage, there was no sense he could have been capable of something like this.
“I never had any concerns. There was nothing that rang alarm bells.”
A matter of days before the incident in May, Joanne returned home to find Charlie with a bump on his head and Sykes with a bruised eye.
Sykes told her they had accidentally banged heads but Joanne later found out from a doctor Charlie’s injury must have been inflicted.
She was in the shower when the incident happened on May 18.
“I heard an almighty scream, but Paul shouted up to say everything was OK,” she said.
“As I was coming out of the bathroom, Paul was walking upstairs with Charlie in his arms.
“As soon as I looked at Charlie I knew something wasn’t right. He was grey and limp and not breathing. That’s when panic set in.”
Charlie was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where it was discovered he had blood on the brain. Doctors told Joanne he must have suffered some kind of trauma. He was then transferred to the intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary.
For the next five days he was kept on a ventilator.
Joanne and Sykes were questioned by social workers and police child protection officers.
She said: “To start off I thought it was routine. I kept thinking they would find a medical explanation for what had happened.
“I remember sitting across Charlie’s bed from him (Sykes) and asking him if he had anything to tell me. He looked me in the eye and said ‘no’.
“The only thing that gave me any indication was that he never comforted me, put his arms around me.
“Then he started to say some very strange things – that they were going to start pointing the finger at him and he might as well say he did something.
“He even said: ‘If I go to prison will you wait for me?’”
Five days after the incident, Charlie was transferred back to HRI. Two days later, Joanne was told that Charlie was suffering from shaken baby syndrome.
“I burst into tears and I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
“The first thing I did was ring Paul and scream down the phone at him.”
Because of police enquiries, Joanne had to be supervised during subsequent visits to see Charlie in hospital. When he came out in October of 2007 he was put in the care of her parents.
Joanne said: “The worst part of it was Charlie being taken away from me.
“That was a horrific time. He was only 15 weeks old and I missed a big part of his life even though I’d done nothing wrong.”
She said Charlie had only made slow progress since his injuries. He could say a few words, but not as many as an average two-year-old.
“It’s a waiting game now,” she added. “We just have to see how things develop as he grows up.”
She praised the doctors from the Ellerslie Child Development Centre in Greenhead as “fantastic” in helping Charlie.
She added: “I hope Charlie has a positive future. I want to try to bring him to his full potential and hope he can have as normal a life as possible.
“Now that we know he’s going to get sentenced in April, I’m hoping that we can start to move on.”