A mother has spoken of her anger after a man who broke her baby's leg was released from jail after just five days.

Joshua Rose, 22, broke 21-month-old Kyla's leg after assaulting her mother Kirsty Buchanan who was holding the baby at the time.

Rose, who is not the baby's father, was sentenced to eight months in jail for GBH on Kyla and common assault on Buchanan.

His sentence was halved when he pleaded guilty at Kingston crown court, then cut again as he had been tagged and under curfew for 115 days at the time of the sentencing.

The five-day prison sentence was just one day more than Kyla spent in hospital. Buchanan was only aware Rose had been released early when she bumped into him on the street a week after he was sentenced.

She told the Sun: "It's an absolute joke. I thought he would have gone down for a long time."

"He started belting me while I had Kyla in my arms," she said of the attack.

"Then he started dragging us up the stairs, but Kyla's leg got caught in the banisters. I told him but he just sneered 'I don't give a f***' and yanked it.

"I remember hearing the snap as he broke her leg."

Buchanan is hoping the Crown Prosecution Service will appeal against Rose's sentence.

Hi's lawyer, Colin Davis, said: "He was sentenced on the basis that the injuries to the baby were entirely accidental."