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Man pleads gulity for striking child on video

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 19:57:19-04

The man caught on camera punching his child has pleaded guilty in a Bakersfield courtroom Friday morning.

Twenty-three-year-old Justin Whittington was in court at a pre-trial conference Friday morning.

The District Attorney's office has released information that Whittington would be charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

Whittington was sentenced to 4 years of probation and 4 days of jail, which he already served.

Whittington is also required to do 200 hours of community service and must complete parenting classes and neglect classes.

He was served a protective order of no forceful violence against the child.

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Whittington was arrested in April after a store employee turned over video footage of him slapping his child to the ground.

Originally Whittington was arrested on a felony count of willful cruelty to a child.

The DA said the charge was downgraded based on how traumatic the injury was to the child.