The man charged in the murder of a one-year-old boy in Missaukee County pleaded no contest.
Cole Gilde, of Osceola County, pleaded no contest to the second-degree murder charge against him Wednesday in a Missaukee County court.
A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
Missaukee County Prosecutor William J. Donnelly, Jr. said the case against Gilde was based on the allegation that Gilde intentionally hit 14-month-old Payton Disbrow in the face and mouth. It also alleges he knew the child was in a sickened and debilitated state and did not help the child get medical treatment.
Deputies were called to Cadillac Mercy Hospital in Dec. 2012 to investigate a baby's death. Authorities said the child's body was badly beaten, bruised and severely neglected.
The child's mother, Brittani Grabon, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Nov. 2013 and was scheduled to testify against Gilde, her former boyfriend, when he went to trial on May 20.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.