A man accused of killing his girlfriend’s infant son has pleaded guilty to a charge of felony murder; in exchange prosecutors have agreed not to pursue related child cruelty charges.
According to court records, Jonathan Fullard entered the guilty plea last month. He’s due to be sentenced in the case Nov. 30.
Prosecutors say Fullard babysat 20-month old Keyontae Osbia Moore — his girlfriend’s son — the morning of March 4, 2012, while the child’s mother was at work.
Fullard called his girlfriend at 3 a.m. and told her that the toddler had stopped breathing, according to court records.
After initially pleading innocent, Fullard later admitted to detectives that he had been “play boxing” with Moore and had struck him in the upper-body five to six times.
Moore died from multiple blunt force trauma on March 5th. An autopsy found several injuries including bleeding within his skull, bruising on his head and face, three broken ribs, bruising on his chest, bruising on his leg, and additional injuries consistent with sexual abuse.
In exchange for the plea, a separate case in which Fullard was charged with second-degree cruelty to children will be dismissed. Charges of first-degree cruelty to children and obstruction of justice will also be dropped.
Note: Due to staffing, Homicide Watch DC did not publish between mid-August and mid-October. This is among the cases we are going back to cover and we apologize for the delay in publishing.