AKRON, OH (WOIO) - According to
Sherri Bevan Walsh, Devon Melton pleaded guilty to burning his girlfriend's toddler after entering an Alford plea.
An Alford plea is when a defendant pleads guilty to a crime, but believes he is innocent of the charges. However, he believes the state of the evidence is overwhelming to the degree that he would be convicted should the case go to trial.
Melton, 24, of Akron, was charged with the following:
• Two counts of felonious assault, felonies of the second degree
• Two counts of child endangering, felonies of the second degree
• One count of child endangering, a felony of the third degree
On Jan. 4, Melton was watching his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter when the girl suffered severe burns to her hands and legs. Doctors at Akron Children's Hospital found burns on the girl's thighs were from the heated metal of a cigarette lighter.
Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker will sentence Melton on June 2. Melton faces a maximum of 16 years in prison.