Plea deal for Riverton man charged in baby’s death

CASPER (AP) — A Riverton man who was criminally charged after a baby in his care died in 2011 has pleaded no contest to manslaughter.

Jonathan David Marshall entered his plea Monday. He originally faced charges including first-degree murder and child abuse after the death of 7-month-old Eli C’ Bearing of the Wind River Indian Reservation. Those charges were dropped in a plea deal that calls for no more than 10 years of supervised probation and a suspended prison term.

Investigators say Marshall was watching the infant on the night of July 26, 2011, when medical personnel received a call that a baby wasn’t breathing. Doctors who examined Eli said the baby had injuries including a skull fracture.

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