- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man facing a murder charge in the death of his 2-month-old daughter has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Micah Short cut a deal with prosecutors to serve 32 years in prison. Had he gone to trial and been convicted of first-degree murder, the 22-year-old faced the death penalty or life in prison.

The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1fjg0mG) Short fatally beat the infant, Nacaylia Short, on May 7, 2012. Police say Short and the child’s mother took her to an emergency room, reporting that Short had tripped inside their home and accidentally hit the child’s head on a crib.

But, during questioning by detectives, Short confessed that he repeatedly beat the baby because of her excessive crying. Nacaylia died after several failed attempts to resuscitate her at the hospital.

Short was first arrested for cruelty to a juvenile then booked with murder, after the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office determined that the girl died from blunt force trauma to her head. Short also was booked with domestic abuse battery, for an incident involving his wife earlier that year.

The infant was New Orleans’ youngest homicide victim in 2012.

In the courtroom of Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson on Friday, Short, shackled and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, hung his head as he stood between his two attorneys and entered his guilty plea.

The judge is set to formally sentence him Monday.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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