Dad JOHN WIRICK has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shaking death of his crying infant daughter. The baby died of brain injuries.
Pasadena father pleads guilty in infant's death
August 25, 2009 by The Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Pasadena man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 1-month-old daughter.
Thirty-two-year-old John Wirick admitted Monday that he had shaken his daughter, Lilyanna, too hard as he tried to calm the crying infant in January. She died days after she was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, then transferred to Johns Hopkins Children Center.
Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Rogers told the judge that after Wirick gave two accounts that police told him could not have caused the infant's head injuries, he cried and confessed to shaking the baby.
As part of the plea agreement, charges of fatal child abuse and murder were dropped.
Wirick faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in November. He left the courtroom with his tearful wife.