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Md. father pleads guilty to punching infant son to death, leaving him in hearse for a day

The father, Antoine Petty, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of child abuse causing death, a crime that carries a forty year sentence. (Photo: Prince George's County police)

A father in Prince George's County has pleaded guilty to punching his 2-month-old son to death and then leaving the infant's body in the back of the hearse he was driving for a day before burying him in a shallow grave.

The father, Antoine Petty, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of child abuse causing death, a crime that carries a 40-year sentence. No plea deal was made in the case and prosecutors will be pushing for the maximum sentence.

According to officials, Petty became agitated when the infant wouldn't stop crying, so he brought him outside and punched him several times.

The charging documents described how Petty grabbed his son by both arms and continued to punch him with a closed fist until blood was seen flowing from the infant's nose and mouth. Petty then reportedly carried his son's dead body to his 1998 Lincoln Town Car-an old hearse-and left him there for over 24 hours.

The documents state Petty along with the child's mother, 24-year-old Geneice Petty, drove their son to the Parkdale High School where the body was buried in a shallow grave on Thursday, September 22. Police say the baby was found dead after the parents led detectives to the area.

Geneice Petty is scheduled for trial later this year. She's charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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