Man gets life for beating death of girlfriend's 4-year-old boy - FOX 35 News Orlando

Man gets life for beating death of girlfriend's 4-year-old boy

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BARTOW (AP) - A 22-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in jail for the 2011 death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old Lakeland boy.

The Ledger of Lakeland reports Marton Pal accepted a plea deal with prosecutors Monday. His trial was scheduled for next week.

Pal told the boy's family Monday that he can't look them in the eye like a man because he's "lost all self-respect for himself."

An autopsy found the boy died from blunt-force abdominal trauma. Pal told police the boy was injured at a park. Later, he said he made up the story.

The Ledger reports he told police he was frustrated that the boy's mother didn't discipline him. So, Pal told police he injured the boy to make up for lack of discipline.

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