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Man will plead guilty of child beating

| Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001

A Connellsville man indicated during criminal court pretrial proceedings Monday that he will plead guilty to charges of beating his former girlfriend's 5-year-old child.

Raymond Tucker Bellamy, of 1827 Rock St., has been offered a five-to-10-year sentence by the Fayette County District Attorney's Office in exchange for entering the plea to an aggravated assault charge. Bellamy, 29, indicated his acceptance through Public Defender Jeffrey Whiteko.

Bellamy was charged after a July 25 incident in which police contend that Bellamy beat Caitlyn Nicklow into unconsciousness and left her temporarily paralyzed. Bellamy has been dating the child's mother, Marcia Riggin, since March and had quit his job to watch Caitlyn during the day while Riggin worked. Police said Riggin came home from work on July 25 and found her daughter unconscious and unresponsive.

The child was taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Health System where doctors diagnosed her injuries, including bleeding on the brain and multiple bruises.

The attack left Caitlyn, who is autistic, paralyzed on her left side. During Bellamy's preliminary hearing proceedings in late August, Riggin told a reporter that her daughter has started a long recovery.

Judge Conrad Capuzzi will accept Bellamy's formal plea this morning during court proceedings.

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