A 28-year-old man charged with beating a toddler to death reached a plea deal in relation to charges.
David Leonardo, from Castroville, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Pricilla Hernandez.
Leonardo called 911 on Dec. 3, 2011, to report the girl was unresponsive. When police arrived they felt the situation was suspicious and started a criminal investigation. That investigation led to the arrest of Leonardo, who confessed to hitting Hernandez in the abdomen out of anger.
Police say there was no other evidence of continuous or ongoing child abuse.
Leonardo will be sentenced Feb. 20, 2014, to 15 years to life in prison.