Man pleads guilty to murder of 3-year-old daughter

Southwest Michigan
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PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — A Van Buren County man is going to prison for the murder of his 3-year-old daughter.

Corey Kucsera appeared in court Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the September death of his daughter, Sophia. In turn, a felony murder charge against him was dismissed.

Authorities say Sophia was with her stepmother, Kate George, when she was found unresponsive in an Almena Township home on Sept. 4.

Two other children were removed from the home and are OK.

Michigan State Police believe the girl was the victim of ongoing child abuse.

Kate George earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse charges in the case. A felony murder charge was dropped in her case. George is expected back in court for sentencing April 15.

Kucsera’s sentencing date has not yet been set.

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