Man who beat 5-year-old to death enters guilty plea

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A Fort Wayne man who admitted to beating a 5-year-old to death will serve 25 years behind bars.

Daniel Pope pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery in the beating death of Benjamyn McKinney Frederick.

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The plea agreement calls for 40 years, with 25 executed, 15 years suspended, and 5 years of probation.

The murder charge will be dismissed at sentencing.

Last March, Daniel Pope called 911 and said 5-year-old Benjamyn was lying on the bathroom floor not breathing.

Court document detail the unthinkable, “overwhelming evidence” that the child had been “severely abused, with bruises on his face, up and down his entire body, and the boy’s genitalia.”

The boy’s mother, who lived with Pope, told detectives she once witnessed Pope whip and choke the boy.

An autopsy found Frederick was ultimately beaten and strangled to death.

Still, had the boy received medical attention sooner, the coroner believes he would have survived.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at Fort Wayne's NBC. She also serves as the weekend producer on NBC.

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