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Sentencing delayed for man who killed Rapid City toddler

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The sentencing hearing for a Colorado man who admits to killing a Rapid City toddler is postponed. 

Edward Berges, 24, was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, but according to Deputy State's Attorney Ryan Ryder, the presentence investigation was not complete. The court needs time to interview Berges and do a thorough background check before Judge Robert Mandel will consider the case. It's expected to be ready in August.

Back in May, as part of a plea deal, Berges pled guilty to first degree manslaughter. He was arrested last summer in Rapid City after his girlfriend's two–year–old daughter was found unresponsive in his care.

He said he became frustrated with the child and in the heat of the moment punched her head with his fist.  

Berges faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, but prosecutors are recommending 37 years as part of the deal.

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