Man guilty in death of 3-year-old

A former Grand Junction man pleaded guilty in court Friday to a single charge of child abuse resulting in death.

Charles McEachern, 34, was to head to trial later this month on charges of killing his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in 2006.

“I feel I am responsible to the main charge,” McEachern said when asked by Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn why he was changing his plea to guilty.

McEachern was arrested in Arvada in December 2007 in connection with the death of Miranda Baca on June 9, 2006.

According to court records, McEachern was watching Miranda while Miranda’s mother, 29-year-old Tiera Morger, was at work. McEachern told police he was the only person in the house after Morger, who was McEachern’s girlfriend at the time, left for work, but he denied hurting the child.

Morger called 911 on the morning of June 9 after returning home from work and finding the girl not breathing and biting her tongue. The girl was pronounced brain dead a day after being taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where a doctor said her injuries included massive cerebral hemorrhaging and bruising.

McEachern pleaded guilty Friday to the felony. Three other charges were dismissed. On Nov. 16, McEachern could be sentenced to probation, community corrections, jail time or two to 32 years in prison.


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