MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Maplewood man has pleaded guilty to fatally beating his girlfriend’s daughter.

Leb Meak, 35, admitted in court Tuesday that he punched, squeezed and threw the 18-month-old girl.

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It happened at his home in February.

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Meak had been babysitting the girl while her mother was at work in Burnsville.

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The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office is asking for Meak to receive a higher sentence because the toddler had been beaten over a long period.