Angry at not being able to see his son on his first birthday, Ryan Wolfe broke into his former partner’s Rugby home where he trashed her bedroom and put her clothes in bleach.
But even as he was carrying out his rampage he rang his mother to confess, and later handed police property he took in the break-in.
Wolfe, 21, was jailed for 14 months by a judge at Warwick Crown Court after pleading guilty to the burglary at the property in Rugby.
Prosecutor Kathryn Roughton said that in 2010 Wolfe, of Nuneaton, and his victim were in a relationship lasting just four weeks, during which she became pregnant.
The woman, who has two older children, gave birth to their son in March last year, and since then Wolfe had seen the boy at her home three times.
In March this year her oldest child was in hospital, and she was spending a lot of time there, including one overnight stay.
She did not return to her home the next day, but then had a call from Wolfe’s mother who said he had broken in and was doing damage inside and covering her clothes in bleach.
Then the police called to let her know, but because of the problems with her daughter she was unable to return home immediately.
When she did get back the following morning she found a gate to the back garden had been damaged and the rear bathroom window forced open.
Inside, a large amount of her clothing had been put into a bath filled with water, bleach, vegetable oil and polish.
Wolfe had also switched off the freezer in the kitchen and turned up the central heating, pulled down a shelf and trashed her bedroom, smashing a mirror.
He also stole an X-box console, games and DVDs and £800 worth of jewellery, it was alleged.
During the day Wolfe made several calls to his ex, admitting what he had done.
During one call the police spoke to Wolfe who agreed to meet officers to be arrested, and he turned up with a sports bag containing the property he said he had taken, but he did not accept that he had taken the jewellery.
When he was interviewed Wolfe, who had convictions for burglary and had been given a caution for damaging the gate at his victim’s home, said he regretted his actions which he said were ‘immature.’
Robert Hodgkinson, defending, said there had been problems over Wolfe seeing his son, and the burglary had been committed out of frustration on the child’s first birthday.
Jailing Wolfe, Judge John Maxwell told him: “You targeted your ex-partner.
“What you did was done out of frustration because you could not see your son and you flipped.
“You have said you don’t want a community sentence, but you want prison.
“You say your life is a mess, and you see prison as a place to get your life sorted out.”