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KINGMAN – A Fort Mohave man charged in the death of his former girlfriend’s baby will spend at least a decade in the Arizona Department of Corrections if a Mohave County judge accepts a plea agreement proposed during a hearing Thursday, Oct. 12.


Judge Billy Sipe will accept or reject the deal at a Nov. 9 sentencing hearing scheduled in the case against Tyler Kirkpatrick, 23. Kirkpatrick would be convicted of second-degree murder in the October 2014 death of 15-month-old Kade Kryska.

Prosecutor Jacob Cote told Judge Sipe that Kaska’s mother was at work and that Kirkpatrick was caring for the toddler when he suffered fatal blunt force trauma to the head.

Kaska was discovered in an unresponsive condition and taken to a local hospital before he was flown to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he died from his injuries.

Terms of the deal require Judge Sipe to impose a 10- to 16-year prison sentence if he approves the plea agreement next month.