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Man Sentenced For Striking Infant Daughter

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man has been given a suspended sentence for hitting his infant daughter on Father's Day last year.
    
Judge G. Todd Baugh ordered Robert Kenneth Decoteau to serve a four-year suspended sentence for assault on a minor.
    
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/YRWtTr) prosecutors had sought a sentence of five years in state custody, with two years suspended.
    
The 36-year-old Decoteau apologized before he was sentenced.
    
He had pleaded no contest. That means he does not admit or dispute the charge, but the court treats it like a guilty plea.
    
Decoteau was arrested on June 17, 2012 after officers found him holding his 10-month-old daughter, who had blood on her face.
    
Other children in the home said Decoteau was intoxicated and hit the girl because she was crying.
    

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