Plea change for man accused of striking infant daughter

2013-01-14T14:38:00Z 2013-02-01T01:33:05Z Plea change for man accused of striking infant daughterGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
January 14, 2013 2:38 pm  • 

A man accused of hitting his infant daughter changed his plea to no contest Monday in District Court.

Wearing a jail jumpsuit and shackles, Robert Kenneth Decoteau, 36, told District Judge G. Todd Baugh that he would not contest a felony charge of assault on a minor.

The plea means he neither admits nor disputes the charge against him. The court treats it as a guilty plea.

Decoteau faces a maximum of five years in prison.

He was arrested last June 17, Father's Day, at a residence after police responding to a disturbance heard a child crying and, upon entering the home, found Decoteau holding his then-10-month-old daughter with blood on her face.

Several other children in the home told officers that Decoteau was intoxicated and hit the girl because she was crying.

Baugh set sentencing for March 4.

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