Live Oak, FL (AP) - A north Florida man pleaded guilty to
aggravated child abuse in the death of a little girl after a jury
failed to reach a verdict in his murder trial.
As part of a plea deal to avoid a retrial, 28-year-old Ronald
Edward Kramer pleaded guilty Friday to the lesser charge. He will
serve 10 years in prison.
Kramer was first arrested in March 2008 after 18-month old
Olivia Rescigno was found dead in her crib at her Suwannee County
home with bruises on her face and legs and a bite wound on her
thigh. The girl's mother, Rebecca Rescigno, pleaded guilty to child
endangerment in return for her testimony against Kramer.
The jury for Kramer's murder trial began deliberating Wednesday
afternoon but told the judge about three hours later that they
would not be able to reach a decision.
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