FARMINGTON -- Within two weeks of being arrested and charged, an 18-year-old man admitted to choking his 5-year-old nephew.
Dustin Harley Christensen-Day, of Kaysville, entered a guilty plea to one count of third-degree felony child abuse in 2nd District Court before Judge David C. Hamilton on Wednesday.
He was originally charged with two counts of second-degree felony child abuse.
Prosecutors agreed to the reduced charge and dismissed the second count of child abuse in exchange for the guilty plea.
A sentencing hearing is set for April 25, where Christensen-Day could be sentenced to serve up to five years in Utah State Prison.
He is being held in Davis County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Kaysville police arrested Christensen-Day on March 5 after he admitted to police he had tried to strangle the 5-year-old twice. Police officers who examined the boy at the scene saw bruising around his throat, according to a court document.
Christensen-Day told police he had been obsessed with thoughts of hurting others, is suffering from depression and has had suicidal thoughts.
Police said Christensen-Day had no prior criminal history.