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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