A MUM who hurled her baby at a police officer smirked as she walked free from court.
The cop was left with life-changing injuries after Kirsty Bearfield, 24, threw her child in a fit of rage.
Bearfield was at Hull Royal Infirmary after an injury to her older child when she chucked her baby at a female detective.
A social worker had decided the children should be removed from Bearfield's care to stay with their father that night, Hull Crown Court heard.
Bearfield was in a waiting area with the baby on her knee as a detective constable stood in front of her explaining the decision.
Prosecutor Phillip Evans said: "That was news which the defendant did not take well.
"Upon hearing this news the defendant, say the Crown, threw [the baby] at the officer with a look of anger on her face."
The officer "put her arms up and caught [the baby] who had been flung towards her," Mr Evans added.
She put her head back so the baby's head wouldn't hit her face, and managed to catch the 30lb infant without him being injured.
The officer was in "immediate discomfort", and after visiting a physiotherapist, was referred to a neurosurgeon.
An MRI scan revealed a trapped nerve in her lower spine, which required surgery.
It's heartbreaking as a mother when your child needs comfort and they are asking to be picked up and you have to turn them downInjured police officer
The detective was warned there was a risk she would lose the use of her left arm - causing "great anxiety" - but the surgery was successful.
She was referred to another specialist who performed further surgery for a "frozen shoulder", a condition "exclusively attributable" to Bearfield throwing her baby at her.
She still does not have full use of her left shoulder and has been left with a six-inch scar.
In a victim statement to the court, the officers said it had a "devastating" impact and left her unable to dress herself.
The officer said her daughter had just started primary school at the time of the incident, and she had been unable to hug her.
'I HAVE NIGHTMARES'
She said: "It's heartbreaking as a mother when your child needs comfort and they are asking to be picked up and you have to turn them down.
"This is all due to Kirsty Bearsfield."
She had to quit her hobbies of climbing, swimming, and walking, and has to have her hair cut short as she can no longer hold a hairdryer.
She is now no longer able to perform some duties at work or apply for certain roles.
The officer said: "I hate that we are forever linked that way as I don't think I will ever forget her or what happened.
"It made me leave a role I was good at.I have nightmares about her chucking her son and what could have happened.
"She robbed me of being able to be a mum to my child and that I can never forgive."
Bearfield, of St James Close, Hedon, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. She had four previous convictions for battery.
She was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, and must have up to 25 days rehabilitation.