A nine-year-old boy was fatally beaten over a missing piece of birthday cake.
The uncle of the boy, Jacob Barajas, 24, entered a plea of guilty to first-degree child abuse, reports Daily Mail.
He faces up to 15 years at his sentencing, which hasn’t been scheduled. The offense carries a maximum penalty of 25 years.
Jack Garcia, nine, died on July 5, 2015. Court records released last year claimed he had been handcuffed for up to three hours a day for a week before the deadly assault.
The incident was sparked because Jack had taken a slice of birthday cake that belonged to Wilson’s daughter, investigators were told at the time.
The 24-year-old is one of three people charged in relation to the death, including Robert Wilson – Jack’s mother’s boyfriend – who is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for beating the young boy after Barajas had handcuffed him to a chair.
Jack’s mother, Oriana Garcia, is scheduled for trial in February on charges including second-degree murder.
They all lived at the same apartment where the nine-year-old was killed.
An autopsy found the nine-year-old died from head injuries.
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