Cuyahoga County

Father agrees to life for beating death of infant daughter


A Cleveland father pleaded guilty Wednesday to beating and shaking his 1-month-old daughter to death and attacking her mother inside his west side apartment in April.

Maurice Quarles, 22, agreed with prosecutors to ask a judge to sentence him to life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years, and pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, felonious assault, endangering and domestic violence charges, records say.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped 10 additional charges including felonious assault and kidnapping.

A judge will formally sentence Quarles on January 3.

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