Guilty plea in death of baby who had drugs in body

Guilty plea in death of baby who had drugs in body

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 32-year-old Sandy man has pleaded guilty to child abuse homicide after his girlfriend's baby died with an antidepressant in her system.

Gene Richins pleaded Thursday to a second-degree felony charge that carries a sentence of one to 15 years in prison.

The 8-month-old baby died in West Valley City in August 2013.

The mother told police she went to sleep after taking medication, and Richins attended to the baby. She woke the next morning to find the girl dead in her playpen.

Richins told police the girl was crying and he gave her Tylenol from an oral syringe before putting her back to sleep.

Testing found both Tylenol and the drug Trazadone in the girl's body and in the syringe.

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