In a deal with prosecutors Tuesday, a Colorado man accused in the death of a Rapid City toddler entered a guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter.
Edward Berges, 24, was arrested last summer in Rapid City after his girlfriend's two-year-old was found unresponsive in his care.
Berges admitted how he killed the little girl. In front of Seventh Circuit Judge Robert Mandel, Berges said he became frustrated with the child and in the heat of the moment punched her head with his fist.
He said he didn't intend to kill her and it was the first time he had hit her.
Initially, Berges was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated infant battery, and he could have faced a mandatory life sentence.
As part of his plea deal with the state, he pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter and the state recommends he face no more than 37 years in prison.
Judge Mandel hasn't accepted the deal, so he could decide to sentence Berges to life behind bars.
Berges will be sentenced on July 3.