SALINA, Kan. (AP) A Salina man admits he spanked his fiance’s 14-month-old son with a 10-inch piece of board but insists he did not kill the child.
Antonio M. Brown pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the October 2011 death of Clayden Lee Urbanek. He is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and interference with law enforcement.
The Salina Journal reports Brown admitted in an interview with police that he caused severe bruising on the boy’s bottom by spanking him with a board. But he insisted he didn’t know how the boy suffered fatal injuries to his abdomen or bruises covering most of his body.
Brown’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 9.
Clayden’s mother, Brittney M. Betzold, was bound over for trial Monday in the child’s death. She has not entered a plea.