Man accused of infant abuse pleads guilty to amended charge

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HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man whose then-girlfriend's infant son died while in his care has pleaded guilty to an amended charge.

The Gleaner reports that 35-year-old Joseph Scott Overfield pleaded guilty this week to first-degree wanton endangerment, amended from first-degree criminal abuse.

The mother of the child, 26-year-old Jailynna Lord, had pleaded guilty to a first-degree wanton endangerment charge amended from criminal abuse in June and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Henderson Police detective Tracy Green says Lord's 5-month-old child, Jordyn, died in August 2016. An autopsy revealed multiple fractured ribs and a fractured clavicle estimated to have occurred 6 to 8 weeks before the baby's death. Overfield was accused of sitting on the baby.

Lord and Overfield were arrested in November 2016. Overfield is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 8.