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CROWN POINT — A Gary man accused of beating the mother of his child, kidnapping their baby and leaving the child in the trunk of an abandoned car pleaded guilty Friday in several cases and was ordered released from jail.

Billy R. White Jr., 28, who had been in custody since June 2017, was placed on house arrest for one year with GPS monitoring and ordered to serve two years of probation.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell sentenced him to one year in jail in two of his four cases, but found he had served the time while awaiting trial.

White also must obtain evaluations for mental and substance abuse counseling and follow any resulting recommendations.

White pleaded guilty to five felonies, including neglect of a dependent, domestic battery, two counts of battery related to attacks on jail staff and police, and an intimidation count linked to threats against the child's mother.

Two armed guards stood by as White appeared in court.

The neglect and domestic battery charges stemmed from an attack in late May 2017 in which White was accused of hitting his child's mother with a closed fist as she held their 4-month-old child.

White took the child when he left the home in the 5000 block of Carolina Street in Gary, returned a short time later without the baby and refused to tell the mother where the child was.

A police K-9 located the baby outside a nearby home, in the trunk of an abandoned Cadillac with a broken out windshield.

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Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.