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Walton, KY, man pleads guilty in beating death of 7-week-old

Sentencing scheduled for October 18, 2017; prosecution recommends 20-year prison sentence.
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By Terry Sebastian & Crystal Staley
News from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's Office.

FRANKFORT, KY. (Wed 20 Sep 2017) - Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Special Prosecutions Unit today secured a conviction in the beating death of seven-week-old Aiden Wainscott of Boone County.

Cody Jene Phelps, 25, of Walton, entered a plea of guilty in Boone Circuit Court to first-degree manslaughter, Class B felony and two counts of first-degree criminal abuse, Class C felonies.

Prosecutors recommended a 20-year prison sentence, Beshear said. Formal sentencing is scheduled for 9amCT on October 18, 2017, in Boone Circuit Court.

According to prosecutors, emergency medical services staff was notified in November 2015, that a child was found in his crib unresponsive. The child, of Phelps' girlfriend, was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly on arrival.

The Boone County Sheriff's office investigated the case.

This story was posted on 2017-09-21 13:34:13
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