Father Pleads Guilty In Baby Daughter's Death

A former Marine will spend between 19 months and 23 months in state prison after his guilty plea for the death of his baby daughter.

Jeffrey Guerrero pleaded guilty in a Craven County superior courtroom Wednesday afternoon to involuntary manslaughter.

Guerrero was arrested late last year in Havelock after the four month old's mother came home, found her husband passed out and her daughter not breathing. An autopsy showed the baby died of suffocation.

In court prosecutors said the man was sleeping in bed with the baby. They explained that the family didn't have a crib because the family had just moved into an apartment and the crib broke in the move.

District Attorney Scott Thomas tells WITN that involuntary manslaughter was the highest charge the evidence in the case supported, and that they told the defense early in the case they would not agree to any lesser charge.

In court Wednesday, Thomas asked the judge to sentence Guerrero to the maximum sentence for the crime, which he said was 21 to 26 months.

Thomas says his team and the victim's family are pleased with the sentence.

Guerrero will also have to undergo any treatment available in prison for alcohol additions.

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  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    its funny people wanna say he should be even more punished cuz he was a Marine...look Marine or not, its a bad place to be in.i knw this guy..he was one of my Marines, he loved his family and i knw that..BUT i do know he had a drinking problem we tried to help him with time and time again. if he did do it the his punishment will be dealing with the fact that he did that either by rolling over on her or jus by being drunk..how bout the award winning mother who CHOOSE to leave her there with him..aint that jus as bad??
  • by laura Location: greenville on May 19, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    I don't understand how the mom could leave the baby with an alcoholic. Nothing is as important as the wellbeing of your kids, and nothing is so important that you have no choice but to leave you kids in the care of someone that isn't functional. It's a very tough lesson learned, I hope.
  • by you know Location: jville on May 19, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    Ha, the whole being a marine thing should double or maybe even triple the punishment. That is supposed to be a person we look up to to serve our country yet he killed his babygirl. Accident or not, it is pure ignorance.
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      by maggie on May 19, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to you know
      well said you know!!
  • by Jim Location: Washington on May 18, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    Shame on you people for condemning this man. This is one of the most tragic stories ive ever heard. I cant even begin to imagine how horrible this man feels now and for the rest of his life. It was an accident. He could have just been exhausted, he may have only had one beer, how would you know? The alchohol might have had nothing to do with it. You should be praying for this man and his familly. This is just a heartbreaking story.
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    what a painful loss. This happens more often than you think. To new parents - If you do not have a crib or anything acceptable to put your baby in - take a drawer out - remove clothes and set a firmly folded towel in it. This will keep the baby contained and safe until you can get a proper bed.
  • by Melissa S on May 18, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    This is really sad. Who knows why this happend but I think this poor man will have the biggest punishment of his life just by living with the fact that he killed his own child. I think we all know it was an accident. This man faught for our country, Who knows why he may have had some drinks that night. And where was the Mother? Why would she leave her child with a man who's been under the infulence? Who know's why things happen. I truely feel bad for the both parents. So sad..
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      by NO SYMPHATHY on May 18, 2011 at 05:07 PM in reply to Melissa S
      this was no accident!! shouldn't have been drinking enough to pass out on the bed with a baby!! His punishment is a joke, and what do you want to bet when he gets out of prison for killing his baby he will also drink again!!
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    this is so sad. Don't drink around your children PERIOD!!!!! Nothing good comes from it.
  • by martha on May 18, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    You would get more for abusing a dog! This is scary as hell that a human life meant no more than that. He was smart enough to be a Marine...how come he wasn't smart enough to call someone to "help" him with this infant?
  • by anom on May 18, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    break into a store and get more time than that
  • by Amy Location: Washington on May 18, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    Being a married woman who can't have children, this man makes me sick!
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