Shawn E. Davis saved his own life one year to the day he took the life of 23-month-old Makenzie McBride.
Davis, 26, of Austintown, entered guilty pleas Wednesday to one count of aggravated murder and one count of domestic violence before Judge Maureen A Sweeney, of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
As a result of the agreement, the death penalty specification was dropped. Davis now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Makenzie died April 6, 2010 after she was rushed to Akron Children’s Hospital with a skull fracture and severe bruising on her face.
Her death was ruled homicide by blunt-force trauma to the head by the Summit County Coroner.