A prolific burglar begged for a four-year jail term after breaking into a home with a three-year-old girl and her mum inside.
Dean Hulme, 28, said he was desperate to go back to prison so he could receive therapy.
He was handed a 32-month jail term after admitting burglary.
Hulme raided the house in Bradeley, Staffordshire, while the mum and daughter were in the living room on August 7, StokeonTrentLive reports.
The mum confronted him after hearing the side gate opening at 2.30pm and he fled out of the back garden, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court was told.
Bob Price, prosecuting, said: "Through frosted glass in the side kitchen door, which is in the garden, she saw a male open the kitchen door and take two steps inside.
"She confronted him, shouting, he moved away and went outside. She ran to the door and slammed it shut.
“She observed the male running across the back garden and climbing over a fence out of sight.”
She called the police and her partner, who accessed CCTV on his mobile phone and saw clear footage of Hulme in the back garden.
As her partner was driving home, he saw him standing outside a shop so took a picture and told officers.
They arrived on the scene and arrested Hulme, who admitted in an interview what he had done.
Mr Price said: "He accepted he would have searched around to see if there was anything worth stealing if he had the opportunity.
"He wanted to go back to prison."
Hulme admitted burglary.
The court heard he has eight previous convictions for burglaries of dwellings.
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He was jailed for two years in May last year after burgling five homes and was on licence when he committed this offence.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said he suffers with emotionally unstable personality disorder.
He asked for a four-year prison term so he would be eligible for help from the therapeutic community while in custody.
Mr Holt said: “His condition can't be managed with medication and he needs help.
"He tells me it requires six months of no problems in custody and he needs to receive a sentence of four years or more and he asks for a sentence of four years.
“It is the only way he will get in the therapeutic community.
"He has suggested that he can't cope in the community and can get the help he needs to deal with his issues in custody."
Judge Paul Glenn said: “She saw you enter the kitchen and she shouted, not surprisingly, and you left, scaling the back fence.
"She was very shocked and scared. The memory of what you did will live with her and she may not feel safe in that house ever again.
"That's why burglaries of this type are not just offences against property, but offences against the person."
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