A THUG who brutally attacked a baby from the day she was born and once stated: "S*** happens” has been jailed for five years.

Michael Finlay left the tiny victim with a fractured skull during a series of assaults.

Jurors heard how the 34-year-old shook the girl "uncontrollably".

One of the attacks even occurred on Christmas Day.

Finlay, a carer for vulnerable people, is now behind bars after he was convicted of repeatedly assaulting the child to her severe injury and danger of life.

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Sheriff Norman Ritchie QC handed Finlay the five-year maximum sentence that can be imposed at Glasgow Sheriff Court today.

He told Finlay: “Your rage has cost you your home, your employment and your liberty.

“No one who heard the evidence could fail to be moved by the plight of the child who suffered at your hands.”

The attacks occurred between October and December 2017 at a house in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire.

The court heard last month how Finlay would "lose control" and yell at the baby to "shut up" when she cried.

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Finlay, of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, had been warned about his handling of the child.

The baby's mum texted him: "You need to be careful, so she does not have any knocks like last time."

He replied: "I know.”

The baby's aunt also sent him a message after noticing the child hurt.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said Finlay’s opuncish was “right”.

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A spokesman for NSPCC Scotland said: “Finlay inflicted appalling injuries on a defenceless baby in his care over a number of months. He clearly poses a serious risk to children and it is right that he will face the consequences of his horrific crimes.

“Babies and young children are completely reliant on the adults who care for them. Anyone worried about a child’s safety can contact the NSPCC Helpline to report concerns.”

Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline for free on 0808 800 5000. 

Children can call Childline at any time, 24/7, on 0800 1111.