CROWN POINT — A 27-year-old man accused of neglect and battery in the 2015 death of his fiancee's infant daughter pleaded guilty Wednesday to neglect of a dependent, a level 3 felony.
Jose La Alisandro Otero Jr. admitted he was guilty of depriving 16-month-old Alaynia Alston of medical care after she suffered burns in March 2015 at the family's home in East Chicago.
The girl's mother, Simmone Alston, pleaded guilty to the same offense Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court.
Alston, 26, will face an agreed maximum sentence of 8 years in prison for the offense. Otero will face an agreed maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.
The typical maximum sentence for a level 3 felony is 16 years in prison.
The couple is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24.
The girl was pronounced dead March 10, 2015, at St. Catherine Hospital, where she was transported by police after the parent's reported the girl was unresponsive at their home in the 3600 block of Parrish Avenue, according to court records.
The cause of the girl's death was determined to be burns that covered 11.5 percent of her body, the records state.
The couple told police the girl's brother knocked a pot of boiling water on their daughter, and they didn't seek treatment because they believed they could treat the wounds, according to the records.
Otero told police in a different statement he was washing the girl in a tub of hot water, which may have caused the injuries, the records state.