Carlsbad man takes plea deal in deadly child abuse case

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A Carlsbad man has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison for the death of his girlfriend’s daughter.

Jared Bartels was charged with “intentional abuse of a child resulting in death” after the 10-month-old suffocated last year.

Investigators say they found the girl wrapped tightly with her arms by her sides, and a pillow over her face.

Last week however, Bartels took a plea deal pleading no contest to child abandonment instead.

Investigators say Bartels was high on heroin at the time and the girl’s mother was sleeping.

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