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Otsego Co. child abuse trial moves forward

De'Marco Pryor-McCovery joined Otsego County District Court through a video call for his probable cause hearing on Thursday.

OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- De'Marco Pryor-McCovery spoke to the Otsego County District Court through a video call from jail on Thursday.

Pryor-McCovery was charged with first degree child abuse on June 29th in connection with the death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old daughter.

Detectives say he admitted to being with the girl at the time of her death. Police also believe he made several stops while driving the baby to the hospital.

Pryor-McCovery's probable cause hearing was on Thursday, where he waived his right to a preliminary examination. That means the case will go to Circuit Court next.

"I wouldn’t like to be forcing myself into giving myself an involuntary plea," Pryor-McCovery said. "Well I would like to waive it, to go ahead. I would like to bring more evidence and everything all into this matter."

According to family of the father of the infant's, the mother is sticking by her boyfriend.

The trial for Pryor-McCovery has yet to be scheduled.

First degree child abuse, which means knowingly causing serious mental or physical to a child, carries a possible sentence of life in prison.

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