A Bay City man charged with striking a stranger's baby has pleaded no contest to a 90-day misdemeanor.
Daniel O'Shea offered the plea Friday to a charge of being drunk and disorderly. In exchange, Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Margaret Leaming agreed to dismiss one count of assault and battery.
Defense attorney Kevin Rieman says O'Shea pleaded no contest due to potential civil liability.
According to police, O'Shea struck a baby being held by her father on July 4, during the first night of the Bay City Fireworks Festival.
A sentencing date hasn't been set.
As part of the deal, O'Shea is to receive anger management and substance-abuse counseling. The plea deal doesn't prevent the court from also sentencing the 24-year-old to jail time.
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