Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Baby With Drano

He was sentenced to 17.5 to 35 years in prison.

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    Philadelphia Police
    Aaron Pace, 36, was arrested in 2010 on murder charges for allegedly killing a baby by rubbing the baby's skin with a rag soaked in Drano.

    A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty to killing a baby by rubbing Drano on his body.

    On February 2, 2010, police arrived at the 4500 block of North 18th Street only to find 20-month-old Suliaman Orrell Kirkland with burns on the upper part of his body.

    Aaron Pace, a friend of the baby's mother who was babysitting the boy, put Drano on a cloth and rubbed the poisonous cloth on the baby’s skin because he had been crying, police said.

    Drano is a household product made from an extreme base (which is just as corrosive as an extreme acid) and is used to physically burn through hair and deposits clogging drains.

    The toddler was brought to St. Christopher’s Hospital in critical condition and died almost a week later.

    Police arrested Pace on charges of murder. Police mistakenly called Pace the baby's father in their initial report.

    On Wednesday, Pace, 36, pleaded guilty to 3rd degree murder for the death of the baby. He was sentenced to 17.5 to 35 years in prison.