SANTA ANA (CBS) — A murder trial in an Orange County courtroom took a dramatic turn on Wednesday after the defendant changed his plea to guilty right in the middle of the hearing.

Christian Gonzalez, 25, was on trial for the murder of his infant daughter, whom prosecutors said he threw on a couch and shook her to death after growing frustrated with her crying.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports Gonzalez abruptly changed his mind while on the witness stand.

“After an hour of cross-examination during a line of question about having told the officers he had shaken his 2-month-old, he said ‘I’d like to talk to my attorney’,” said Orange County prosecutor Steve McGreevy

Gonzalez was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

McGreevy said this is the first time he has ever seen a murder defendant plead guilty in the middle of a trial.

Comments (6)
  1. Mark says:

    This is why children should not have children.

  2. think says:

    25 is not a child!!!

  3. GiGi says:

    Whether or not 25 is still a baby depends on the individual. As is true with all ages, I’ve seen individuals of a particular age who are incredibly under-developed and others of the same age who are at the opposite end of the spectrum. That being said, immaturity has nothing to do with shaking a baby. It has to do with mental stability, ability to handle stress, a basic respect and understanding of human life, and other things of that nature. This guy is just plain messed up.

  4. Forgiveness... says:

    May we all find peace, love, and happiness…

  5. Vanessa says:

    At least he was man enough to admit his mistake and take whatever punishment he had coming. R.I.P. Dear Baby.

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