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Salt Lake man admits killing 1-year-old in 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake man has admitted he killed his girlfriend's baby in 2014.

Brian Luther Taylor, 26, pleaded guilty on Oct. 27 to child abuse homicide, a second-degree felony. He was originally charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and was set to begin an eight-day jury trial next week.

Luther also entered an Alford plea to one count of child abuse, a second-degree felony. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but acknowledges Taylor would likely be convicted by a jury if the case went to trial.

According to plea documents, the baby also sustained a bone fracture prior to his death, which Luther denies causing.

Luther faces a potential prison sentence of one to 15 years for each of the charges. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2017.

In court documents, Luther admitted he dropped his girlfriend's 1-year-old son, Xander Toliver, on his head, inflicting fatal brain trauma.

Taylor was alone with Xander for between two and six minutes on Dec. 30, 2014, when the baby sustained a subdural hemorrhage on the right side of his brain, according to charging documents. The baby died of the injury three days later.

The baby's mother told police she had left Xander drinking a bottle with Taylor in the room. When she returned, Taylor was standing next the crib and the baby was gasping for breath and was "floppy and unresponsive," charges state.