SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the smothering death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter in November 2011.
Twenty-eight-year-old Cody Schartiger, of Ursina, entered the plea Tuesday in Somerset County, where he'll be sentenced this spring. He faces up to 22 years in prison on the manslaughter count and a count of reckless endangerment for injuring his own 3-year-old son in November 2010.
The dead girl's mother, 25-year-old Amanda Svenungsen, pleaded guilty in 2012 and was sentenced to 74 days time-served in jail on an endangerment charge.
Somerset County prosecutors say Cody Schartiger abused the girl while her mother was sleeping at their Ursina home. Baylee Svenungsen died of asphyxiation due to smothering neck compression before she was found in her crib.
Schartiger's son was injured during a disciplinary "time out."