An Ossian man charged last year in the death of an 18-month-old girl has been ordered to spend 35 years in prison.
Brent C. Scheiber, 27, had been charged with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and aggravated battery, but he pleaded guilty in December in Wells Circuit Court to the aggravated battery charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Judge Kenton W. Kiracofe sentenced him Thursday.
Kamryn Price was found unresponsive and not breathing properly Jan. 7, 2019, at her mother's home on Greenwood Trail in Ossian. Scheiber was the mother's live-in boyfriend and often took care of the child.
He told investigators he had left the child in a crib while he readied to take her to a baby sitter, according to court documents. Scheiber showered and dressed after placing the girl in a high chair, he reportedly told police.
Kamryn was put back in the crib, and Scheiber said he heard a noise coming from her room and found her face-down on the floor.
The girl was whining and grunting when Scheiber picked her up, a probable cause affidavit said. She then went limp, and her eyes rolled back in her head.
Family members, doctors and police said it was unlikely Kamryn would have tried to climb from the crib, and Scheiber admitted as part of the plea agreement he knowingly inflicted an injury that caused her death.
Scheiber has not said what he did to cause the child's injuries. Kamryn died five days later.
He had faced up to 40 years in prison, but Kiracofe took into account his lack of criminal history during a sentencing hearing. The murder and neglect charges were dismissed.
In a statement, Wells County Prosecutor Andy Carnall said the child's death is a tragedy the family will endure forever, but he “hopes that the conclusion of the legal proceedings can be a step in the healing process for them.”