Man Pleads Guilty to Suffocating Daughter

Man Pleads Guilty to Suffocating Daughter

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OREM, Utah (AP) -- An Orem man has pleaded guilty in the 2004 suffocation death of his 11-month old daughter.

Sean Barry Thomas, 27, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in May.

He was charged in the June death of his daughter, Charlotte Thomas.

The girl's mother was performing CPR when medics arrived, but the child was pronounced dead at an Orem hospital.

Police say Thomas put the child to bed by placing large, heavy sofa cushions around and on top of her, leaving little room for the child to move or breathe.

Thomas told police he put the cushions on the baby to comfort her.

He was initially charged with intentional child-abuse homicide. But Thomas pleaded guilty to a lesser third-degree felony count, indicating recklessness or negligence.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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