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Belleville, IL (KSDK) - A man accused of critically beating his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter pleaded guilty Monday morning in the St. Clair County Courthouse.

Kraig Monroe, 26, entered an open plea to aggravated battery of a child, stemming from a February 2010 incident.

Prosecutors said Monroe was babysitting Amanda Runyon when he beat her over a three day period. The child suffered a laceration to her liver and had to remove a quarter of her intestines. Runyon also had bruises on her forehead, abdomen and spine.

Monroe initially pleaded not guilty.

Kraig Monroe faces between six and 30 years in prison when he's sentenced on June 28. He will have to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.

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