Man accused of killing girlfriend's infant child takes plea deal

Thomas Weatherholt, the man accused of killing his girlfriend's one-month-old daughter in September 2018, has pleaded no contest in connection to the case. (Photo Courtesy: Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office)

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A man accused of killing a one-month-old child in Grand Traverse County has taken a plea deal.

On Friday, Thomas Weatherholt, 21, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and a charge of jail-prisoner possession of contraband.

A no contest plea does not admit guilt but is treated as a guilty plea at sentencing.

Weatherholt was arrested in September 2018 after the infant was found not breathing at an East Bay Township home.

The child was transported to Munson Medical Center, where it was determined she had suffered severe head trauma, which included a large fracture to the skull that was inconsistent with an accidental drop.

Records show there was also significant swelling and bruising/redness to the forehead and arms and a right arm injury.

The child was transported to DeVos Children's Hospital for treatment, where she passed away the next day.

According to investigators, Weatherholt was the boyfriend of the infant's mother at the time of the incident.

As part of the plea deal, Weatherholt's original charge of homicide-murder in the first-degree will be dismissed at sentencing.

Weatherholt is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8.

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