Father Pleads Guilty in Death of His 2-Month-Old Son

The Maryland father who beat his infant son to death, buried his body and kept his death a secret for weeks has pleaded guilty.

Antoine Petty pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of 2-month-old Antoine Flemons. Petty will face a maximum of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.

Police say Petty punched the baby in the torso repeatedly on Sept. 21, 2016, to stop him from crying. Eventually, the baby died from his injuries.

Petty and his wife, Geneice Petty, then placed their son in their 1998 Lincoln Town Car hearse for more than 24 hours before burying the boy behind Parkdale High School to hide the crime, police said.

The parents kept the baby's death a secret for over three weeks before the infant's grandmother reported her daughter and 2-month-old grandson missing.

Detectives found Geneice Petty and 32-year-old Antoine Petty, and the couple led detectives to a shallow grave where the baby's remains were located.


Geneice Petty was also indicted for involuntary manslaughter and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. She is still awaiting trial. 

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