Man admits to 2003 killing of ax murderer’s 3-year-old son

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READING, Pa. (AP) — A man already serving time in a Pennsylvania prison has pleaded guilty to killing a convicted ax murderer’s 3-year-old son in 2003.

WFMZ-TV reports 51-year-old David Cummings entered the third-degree murder plea Thursday in the death of his stepson William Spayd. He was sentenced to 15 to 40 years behind bars. He’s been incarcerated since pleading guilty to burglary and arson in 2004 and won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 83.

William’s biological father, Chester Spayd, killed his own mother’s ex-boyfriend with an ax in 2000.

Berks County authorities say Cummings told detectives that William kept poking him while he was asleep and he punched the child in the forehead, knocking him into a dresser. Police say Cummings told a 911 dispatcher William wasn’t breathing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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