Boy (9) was beaten to death over slice of cake
The uncle of a nine-year-old Maryland boy who was beaten to death over a missing piece of birthday cake has pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse.
Jacob Barajas (24) faces up to 15 years at his sentencing, which has not been scheduled. The offence carries a maximum penalty of 25 years.
Prosecutors dropped other charges, including second-degree murder. Barajas is among three people charged in the July 2015 death of Jack Garcia.
Robert Wilson, the mother's boyfriend, is serving a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for beating Jack after Barajas had handcuffed him to a chair.
The mother, Oriana Garcia, is scheduled for trial in February.