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A Superior man will spend three years on probation and 30 days in jail for neglecting a child.

Alex Andrew Morisett, 19, pleaded guilty Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court to one count of felony child neglect resulting in bodily harm. He was ordered also to pay $518 in court costs.

Two counts of child abuse and one count of obstructing an officer were dismissed but read in for sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint:

The infant's mother didn't notice any bruises on the child at 9 a.m. Sept. 27. Sometime after 9 p.m. the next day, the child's grandmother noticed severe bruising on the child's legs and buttocks. Morisset was caring for the child during that time.

The infant was taken to the hospital the next day with a number of severe bruises on her body.

The Superior man denied knowing how the child received her injuries. He gave a number of conflicting accounts, including an injury from a falling smoking device and sitting 12 hours in a car seat, according to police reports. Morisett admitted to Superior Police Investigator Mike Jaszczak that he gets frustrated with the child because she cries a lot, and he sometimes can't get her to calm down. He told Jaszczak that at no time did he hit the child.