Man Accused in Death of Bellaire Toddler Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter
Ian Jarrell, the man charged in the death of a two-year-old boy in Bellaire in October of 2013, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangering in court on Friday morning. He faces a sentence of 19 years in prison.
Jarrell, 27, was originally charged with aggravated murder in the death of Carter Caprito at the Francis Wallace Apartments in Bellaire on Oct. 1. The child was killed in an apartment where Jarrell and his two sons were living with his girlfriend and her child. The Neffs Emergency squad responded to the scene and rushed the child to the Belmont Community Hospital.
Reports indicated the child was smothered and was covered with bruises. Prosecutor Dan Fry explained the situation.
"The defendant was caring for the child, living with the baby's mother at her home. She was working, as I understand it, and the child died in his care from asphyxiation. The child was crying and this was his attempt to get the child to quit crying by simply putting his hands over his mouth and obviously ending up killing the child," Fry said.
Neighbors in the housing complex say they never heard a raised voice - adult or child - coming from the apartment, and described Jarrell as "a quiet guy who kept to himself."