Father pleads guilty to aggravated child abuse in death of 3-year-old son
FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - A father who was charged with capital murder for the death of his 3-year-old son in 2020 pleaded guilty to aggravated child abuse in court on Friday.
According to Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly, Blake Townsend agreed to a life sentence as part of his plea deal. Part of the agreement is that Townsend will provide further truthful testimony in the trial of his co-defendant Yalrick Pride.
Townsend was charged with capital murder after authorities say he beat his 3-year-old son, Kaiden Garner, to death in August 2020. Townsend along with this girlfriend, Yalrick Pride, were both arrested. Pride was charged with child abuse.
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