Man enters plea in baby's beating

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man accused in the beating of his 3-month-old son pleaded no contest Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child.

Shelvin Stackhouse, 21, of Fort Richardson was indicted in April on seven counts of assault along with his wife, Josette Stackhouse.

They were accused of breaking the legs, ribs and arms of their baby, also named Shelvin Stackhouse, during a series of assaults, and fracturing his skull. The boy was hospitalized last November and is in a permanent vegetative state as a result of his injuries.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Anne Henry told Judge Larry Card on Tuesday that Shelvin Stackhouse accepted a a plea agreement that includes his testimony at Josette Stackhouse's trial, set for February.

The charge of first-degree child endangerment is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of up to $150,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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