NEWTON — Under a plea agreement, a man pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder and other crimes in the death of a North Newton toddler.
Chad Carr, who had been charged with first-degree murder and would have faced a possible life sentence if he had gone to trial and been convicted, would receive a total sentence of slightly more than 20 years behind bars under the agreement with the prosecutor.
A judge will decide later what sentence Carr will serve.
Carr, 28, was charged in the March 2010 death of 19-month-old Vincent Hill. Carr was the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother. Authorities said the boy suffered blunt-force injuries and most likely died by suffocation.
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Investigators also found the boy's mother, Katheryn Nycole Dale, complicit in abuse her son suffered. She pleaded no contest to child abuse and aggravated child endangerment and was sentenced to more than three years in prison.
Under the agreement between Carr and Harvey County Attorney David Yoder, Carr pleaded guilty to second- degree murder, three counts of aggravated battery and one count of child abuse. The sentences for each count would run consecutively under the agreement.