GREENCASTLE, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana man accused of punishing a 10-year-old relative by confining the youngster to a room without food, water or a toilet has reached a plea agreement in the case.
Thirty-four-year-old Michael Shane Witt agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to neglect of a dependent.
If a Putnam County judge accepts Witt's plea at a May 29 hearing, prosecutors will drop two felony battery charges he had faced. Witt's trial on the battery charges had been set for June 14.
The Banner Graphic reports prosecutors alleged Witt became enraged in December that the 10-year-old had spilled sugar on the kitchen floor of Witt's Cloverdale home and confined the youngster to a room without food, water or a toilet.
Police said that room was filled the stench of excrement.
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