Father Pleads Guilty In Shaken-baby Death

A 1-month-old Girl Died In Hospital 6 Days After Incident

August 25, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

A Pasadena father pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter, admitting that he had shaken his 1-month-old daughter too hard as he tried to calm the crying infant.

The child, Lilyanna Alora Wirick, died Jan. 15, six days after she was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, then transferred to Johns Hopkins Children Center.

In a low, sometimes-hoarse voice, John Wayne Wirick, 32, answered the questions posed by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Rogers told the judge that after giving two accounts that police told him could not have caused the infant's head injuries, Wirick cried and confessed to shaking the baby.

Under the plea agreement, charges of fatal child abuse - which has a maximum sentence of 30 years - and murder were dropped.

Wirick, who left the courtroom with his tearful wife, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.

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