Sliker Pleads Guilty In Baby Death
A Watertown man pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to second degree murder in the death of the four and a half month old baby girl he was adopting.
Appearing in Jefferson County Court, 24 year old Jeffrey Sliker admitted he threw the baby into her crib twice.
He said he knew she was hurt, but did nothing.
By the time police arrived, the child was already dead.
The incident happened March 23 last year.
The baby's birth name was Laurne Clark, but Sliker and his wife called her Mollie.
"Clearly this was an absolutely tragic, tragic situation that this child's life was taken," said District Attorney Cindy Intschert.
As he pleaded guilty, Sliker told Judge Kim Martusewicz he was upset because the baby was crying.
Martusewicz asked, "Did you lose it?"
Sliker said, "Yes, your honor. The crying just kind of got to me."
Could it include the fact that Sliker suffered a head injury while he was deployed in Afghanistan?"
Read our coverage from the day Sliker was arrested
Watch our interview with Sliker's brother here.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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