An unqualified nanny who violently shook a baby in a “moment of madness” has been jailed for four years.
Viktoria Tautz, 34, was responsible for 10-month-old Joshua Paul when he collapsed at his parents’ home in Haringey, north London, within half an hour of his mother leaving for work.
The child was rushed to hospital and died in his parents’ arms three days later.
The prosecution alleged Tautz “snapped” and caused Joshua’s catastrophic brain and spinal injuries through “dangerous and excessive shaking”.
Zoe Johnson QC rejected the suggestion he was hurt in a “horsey game”, as head wobbling would have been “nowhere near enough” to kill.
But Tautz denied manslaughter and said she never got “angry” or “frustrated” with the baby, who was born 10 weeks early.
A jury at the Old Bailey deliberated for nearly seven hours to convict her of the charge by a majority of 10 to two.
Mitigating, Bernard Richmond QC highlighted “worrying features” of the case which led to a “moment of madness”.
He said: “She was a young woman with a very limited amount of training with a baby who had obviously very difficult needs.
“She was not fully qualified and ultimately her pay reflected her degree of training.”
He told the court the defendant, who was paid £3.60 an hour, also lacked “resilience”.
Tautz collapsed in tears in the dock as she was sentenced by Mrs Justice McGowan.
Jailing her, the judge said: “You were not in the same position as a teenage mother in the middle of the night on her own trapped in a flat without anyone to help her.”