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Man accused of throwing baby across room pleads guilty to second-degree murder

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David Redmond in court in 2014 to face murder charges involving his 1-month-old son. (file image) David Redmond in court in 2014 to face murder charges involving his 1-month-old son. (file image)
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A man accused of throwing his newborn son across the room and killing the boy pleaded guilty to the charge of second-degree domestic violence murder.

David Redmond entered his plea in court Feb. 12. He was arrested in October 2014 and originally charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

His baby son was 42 days old at the time of his death.

According to court documents, Redmond originally told investigators he rolled over on the baby while napping, but doctors said that could not have caused the baby's severe injuries.  

The 1-month-old suffered a skull fracture and had bleeding inside his skull, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit states Redmond ultimately confessed to holding the baby at his eye level, pulling him over his head and throwing the child toward the changing table.

Detectives said the distance was 7-9 feet.

Redmond told investigators he was frustrated because the baby was "really fussy" when he got home from work.

"I threw him pretty hard. I was pretty annoyed," he said, according to a probable cause affidavit, later adding, "I instantly felt bad."

Court documents state this wasn't the first instance of abuse against the baby. Redmond also admitted forcing the child's mouth shut to keep him from crying and throwing the baby onto a couch causing him to fall onto the floor.

"These incidents occurred about two or three times per week since approximately (the baby's) second week of life," according to a probable cause affidavit.

Court documents state Redmond also spanked the baby when he was just a week old, leaving bruises.

Redmond was 24 years old at the time of his arrest. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25.

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