A Lucasville man accused of killing his infant daughter pleaded guilty to murder on Thursday.
David Setty, 19, waived his right to trial and entered his guilty plea during a pretrial hearing in the Scioto Common Pleas Court of Judge William T. Marshall on Thursday morning.
“The judge accepted that plea and went through his waiver of rights,” said Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn.
The case began on Sept. 12, 2005, after a 911 call to the Scioto County Sheriff's Office.
When deputies and emergency medical squad workers arrived, they found 3-month-old Haley Setty with severe head injuries.
According to reports, David Setty was alone in a house on Sedan Crabtree Road with the baby at about 8 a.m., while the 16-year-old mother was at school and the grandmother was at a doctor's appointment.
David Setty had told a detective that the baby was crying and he put her in a wind-up swing. He said that while he was in the shower, he heard a loud boom and found the swing collapsed and the baby face down on the floor.
After the incident, Setty reportedly took the baby to the house of a neighbor, who called 911.
According to a detective with the sheriff's office, when David Setty was questioned about the discrepancies between his story and the physical evidence at the house, he confessed to shaking the baby because she wouldn't stop crying. He also told the detective he accidentally dropped the baby. The detective said the injuries to the child included fractures and several hemorrhages.
Haley Setty was taken first to a local hospital and then to a Columbus hospital, where she died the next morning.
Kuhn said Thursday was the last day his office would accept a plea bargain.
“After today, we were planning on trying the case and letting the jury decide,” Kuhn said.
The indictment against David Setty contained two counts, aggravated murder and murder, but a jury could have only found him guilty on one count.
“Certainly, we planned on trying and presenting evidence on both counts of the indictment, but we always felt that murder was the strongest charge that we could prove he had done to the baby,” Kuhn said.
David Setty has been incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail on $1 million bond since his arrest in September.
The penalty for murder is life in prison with a possibility of parole after 15 years, meaning David Setty will be 34 years old before he has a chance of being released from prison.
David Setty will be sentenced on Monday at 11 a.m. in Judge Marshall's court.
MARK SHAFFER can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235.