EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — A southern Kansas man has pleaded no contest in the death of his girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter.
Justin Edwards of El Dorado entered the plea Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and child abuse for the March 2012 death of Jayla Haag. He had been facing trial next month for first-degree murder. He will be sentenced March 12.
Prosecutors say the girl suffered serious abuse at an El Dorado duplex that was a meth house. She died after being brought to the hospital with injuries that included a fractured jaw, severe head injuries and having her teeth forcibly removed. She also was malnourished and tested positive for methamphetamine.
Jayla’s mother, Alyssa Haag, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the case and has been in prison since the summer of 2013.
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