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Seneca man plead's guilty in toddler's death; gets 7 years

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Updated April 23, 2013:  A Seneca, Missouri man has plead guilty to the death of his girlfriend's 22 month old.

Zach Roland plead guilty to first degree involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to serve seven years in prison.

Authorities say Roland previously admitted that on June 28, 2012 he took his girlfriend's 22 month old son, Bradley Beck, into the bathroom to take a shower.

Roland says when the baby started crying he struck the child and because it was slippery Bradley fell out his arms and hit his head on the tub.

Investigators say the autopsy confirms injuries to the child.

Updated September 24, 2012:  A Seneca, Missouri man charged in the death of a 22 month old boy is bound over for trial.

Zach Roland, 20, is charged with second degree murder in Newton County, Missouri and his bond is set at $300,000.

The sheriff's department says Roland admitted to taking the child into the shower, striking him for crying and then dropping him in the bath tub.

His next court appearance is scheduled for December 17.

Posted July 2, 2012:  A 20-year-old Seneca, Missouri man charged with the death of his girlfriend's young son will have to wait another week to appear before a judge.

A child's death last week leads to a 2nd degree murder charge for Zach Roland.

Roland was expected to be arranged in court this morning but due to holiday vacations in the Newton County court he won't appear until next week.

The incident happened last Thursday.  Sheriff Ken Copeland tells us that Roland admitted he took his girlfriend's 22 month old son, Bradley Beck, into the bathroom to take a shower.

Roland says when the baby started crying he struck the child and because it was slippery Bradley fell out his arms and hit his head on the tub.

Investigators say the autopsy confirms injuries to the child.

"There was some blunt force trauma to the child's head, you could see that before the autopsy," says Sheriff Copeland.

We talked with Roland's father, Troy Hall, who was at the home when the toddler died.

"What he gets is what he deserves, he killed that baby and put an image in my head for the rest of my life I can't get rid of," Hall says.

Bradley's older sister, 3 year old Emily Beck, was taken into protective custody along with a 15-year-old living in the home.

Zach Roland's bail is set at $1 million.

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