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Walton Man Guilty in Beating Death of 7-Week Old Baby

A Boone County man pleaded guilty to beating to death a 7-week old baby.

Cody Jene Phelps, 25, appeared in Boone County Circuit Court on Wednesday and entered his guilty plea to a charge of first degree manslaughter and two counts of first degree criminal abuse.

Phelps faces 20 years in prison in a case prosecuted by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for October 18.

According to prosecutors, emergency medical services staff was notified in November of 2015 that a child was found unresponsive in his crib. The child, of Phelps’s girlfriend, was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The Boone County Sheriff’s office investigated the case.

-Staff report

Image via Boone County Detention Center