A 27-year-old Atascadero man pleaded no contest Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old boy in 2009, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Kelly Dewayne Lavinge entered the plea before Judge Michael Duffy. He faces a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
Lavinge told police that the newborn, Isaiah Lavinge, a twin, had vomited up food and that he may have been shaking him a little too much, according to a police report.
"I get a little mad. I am tired. I get home from work and they won't let me go to sleep, but I have to deal with it," Lavinge told police in an interview after the incident. "I did not want to try and hurt my child. These boys are my life."
Initially, a doctor at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton found no external signs of abuse on the boy’s body.
But after the child was transferred to a children’s hospital in Madera, medical personnel there found brain hemorrhage and retinal hemorrhaging and determined the infant was a victim of shaken baby syndrome, the result of someone shaking him violently, according to an Atascadero Police Department report.
Lavinge is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6.