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Man accused of killing infant pleads guilty to manslaughter

KENNEBEC -- A Vivian man whose infant daughter died from head trauma and brain injuries pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Thursday morning.

The Lyman County courthouse in Kennebec. (Republic file photo)
The Lyman County courthouse in Kennebec. (Republic file photo)

KENNEBEC -- A Vivian man whose infant daughter died from head trauma and brain injuries pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Thursday morning.

Gerald Brink, 38, accepted a plea bargain in which the state agreed to drop the remaining charges of second-degree murder and aggravated battery of an infant.

While first-degree manslaughter can be punishable to up in life in prison, as part of the plea agreement, the state cannot argue for more than 50 years imprisonment at Brink’s sentencing, which is scheduled for the morning of Dec. 14.

When asked to provide an account of what happened on May 4, 2017, Brink responded only to questions from his attorney, Brad Schreiber.

Brink indicated that on that date, he and his daughter had been alone in the home. He had tried to throw his daughter into a bassinet, and he said that he was unsure of whether or not her head hit a dresser when he threw her.

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“There was a possibility, but I wasn’t sure,” Brink said when asked if his actions led to the infant’s death.

Prior to the change of plea hearing, which was held at the Lyman County Courthouse, a competency evaluation was completed, and it determined that Brink was competent to make a plea.

Hevin Mathis, the mother of the infant who died, was present via a webcam feed from the women’s prison where she is currently incarcerated. She indicated during the hearing that she would make arrangements to appear similarly at Brink’s sentencing.

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