A Hannibal man enters a guilty plea in a 2015 child abuse case.

Eugene Melton entered the plea for causing head trauma to his three month old child late in 2015. His trial on the charges was to start Thursday. Melton is accused of throwing… shaking and biting the infant. Sentencing is set for September 8th. Melton faces five to fifteen years behind bars. Marion County Prosecutor David Clayton says he plans to ask for the maximum sentence. Melton is held in the Marion County Jail.