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Guilty Plea in Child Abuse Murder

(La Porte, IN) - A LaPorte County man has admitted to the abuse-related death of his four-year-old son.


Alan Morgan, 29, pleaded guilty yesterday to murder and other counts. In exchange, prosecutors have agreed not to seek life without parole.


According to court documents, his son, Judah, was found dead naked and wrapped in a blanket nearly a year ago at the family’s home in the 3100 block of E. 875 South. The child was covered in bruises and red marks on his head.


Authorities say Morgan sent his son to the basement as punishment for not being potty trained as much as three times or more a week. According to police, the boy endured countless forms of abuse before being allowed to come back up with the rest of the family.


Morgan could receive anywhere from 45 to 65 years on the murder charge. Sentencing is scheduled before La Porte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos for November 29.


The boy’s mother is charged with neglect of a dependent for failing to report the abuse to authorities. She told investigators she was afraid of being harmed by Morgan if she did so.


That case has not been decided.

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