NOBLESVILLE, Indiana — An Alabama man pleaded guilty but mentally ill Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of his 2-year-old son at his parents' central Indiana home.
Micah Harrison of Robertson, Alabama, entered the plea on the day when testimony in his trial was due to begin. A plea deal calls for Harrison to serve 55 years in prison. A Hamilton County judge will sentence him on March 26.
Prosecutors say Harrison stabbed his son, Michael, in the chest with a kitchen knife and in the forehead with a nail-pulling tool at his parents' Noblesville apartment in January 2013. Harrison was 30 at the time.
Police found the toddler with two knife-stab wounds to his chest and one wound in the forehead. The boy's grandmother, Pamela Harrison, told officers that "Micah stated that someone or something was trying to kill him" and that he hit a closet with a hammer, which she took from him, telling the man no one was there.
After she hid the hammer in a bedroom, a police affidavit said, she saw her son "moving quickly from the kitchen to the other bedroom where she knew Michael was playing." She found her son atop the boy, who was lying on the floor, and watched him stab Michael with the knife.
The other children weren't harmed.
The children's mother said in court documents filed in Alabama that he had taken them without her permission.
Harrison is being held at the Hamilton County Jail in Noblesville, about 20 miles north of Indianapolis.