Father pleads no contest in 3-month-old baby’s death

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jun 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-16 10:59:36-04

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — An Allegan Township man has entered a plea of no contest to two charges in connection with the death of his 3-month-old son.

Jonathan Colby, 22, pleaded no contest Monday morning to first-degree child abuse and manslaughter, according to Allegan County Prosecutor Fred Anderson.  He faces up to life in prison for the child abuse charge and a maximum of 15 years for manslaughter.

He is set to be sentenced in late July.

Baby Jase

Baby Jase

Colby was arrested Dec. 3, 2014 after his infant son Jase Colby was found unresponsive in his crib by the baby’s mother.   The couple lived on Starlite Drive in Allegan Township.

At the time of the initial investigation, officials say Colby admitted to striking Baby Jase in the head twice because he wouldn’t stop crying.

Autopsy results showed that Baby Jase had a cracked skull and other injuries consistent with strangulation and suffocation.