Dad pleads guilty to child abuse in baby’s death
June 2, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A man accused in the death of his infant daughter in Colorado Springs has pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death.
The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/LOO0Y8 ) that at a plea hearing Friday, 22-year-old Nicholas Patrick Smith admitted shaking Elise Martinez-Mosley in December. Authorities arrested him after the girl was hospitalized with head injuries. She later died.
Smith faces 16 to 48 years in prison at a sentencing hearing set for Aug. 10.
First-degree murder charges were dropped as a result of the plea agreement.
The child’s mother is a Fort Carson soldier. She didn’t address the court.