Kingman man pleads guilty in death of 13-month-old girl

A Kingman, Ariz., man whose abuse of a baby led to her death at a Las Vegas hospital agreed to a plea deal that will send him to prison for at least 10 years.

Dustin Colpitts, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday to child abuse and manslaughter in the January 2011 death of 13-month-old Adriana Sweeney.

Kingman police said Colpitts was baby-sitting when he called 911 to report the little girl was having difficulty breathing. The girl was rushed to a local hospital before she was flown to Sunrise Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips said Colpitts admitted he hurt the baby.

"The defendant confessed to hitting, kicking, throwing and shaking the victim," McPhillips said. "This conduct caused brain damage."

Under terms of the plea agreement, Superior Court Judge Steve Conn will sentence Colpitts to from 10 to 27½ years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled April 12.


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