Man pleads guilty in 3-year-old's death

September 24, 2013

An Indianapolis man pleaded guilty Monday to fatally beating his former girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. Jose Cruz, 22, is to be sentenced Oct. 16. His plea deal calls for him to receive a sentence of 75 years in prison. Police say they found victim Carmen Ellis covered with bruises in August 2012 inside her mother’s apartment. The girl’s mother, Samantha Ellis, awaits trial on a charge of neglect for leaving her daughter with Cruz.