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Man Pleads Guilty To Causing Deadly Injuries To Infant

Posted On September 21, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Cody Jene Phelps. Photo by Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

(Burlington, Ky.) – A Boone County man is admitting to causing the beating death his girlfriend’s seven-week-old son in 2015.

Cody Jene Phelps, 25, of Walton, pleaded guilty in Boone County court on Wednesday to charges of First Degree Manslaughter and First Degree Criminal Abuse.

Prosecutors say Phelps was the boyfriend of Aiden Wainscott’s mother. He was to be caring for the baby when he found him unresponsive in his crib.

The child was pronounced dead after being taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence. Doctors concluded that the infant had suffered severe head trauma and several broken bones.

Phelps is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, October 18. Prosecutors have recommended a 20-year prison sentence.