Teenager pleads guilty to manslaughter after death of two-year-old

Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 10:27:21-05

A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the beating death of a boy in Marilla in March, 2017.

Devon VanDerWege was arrested and charged in this case.  He pleaded guilty, Monday, in State Supreme Court.

Ethan Bigham's paternal grandmother confirms to 7 Eyewitness News, that the 2-year-old suffered catastrophic brain injuries and was pronounced brain dead at Women and Children's Hospital.  The toddler was being kept on life-support so his organs could be donated.

Emergency crews were called to Hillside Estates, a mobile home park in Marilla, last year, where the two-year-old was being watched by VanDerWege.

The teenager will be sentenced at a later time.


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