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Fort Bragg Soldier Admits To Killing Stepson

Posted June 9, 2005 3:34 a.m. EDT

— A Fort Bragg soldier and his wife are headed to jail for killing their child.

Joshua Noriega, 28, admitted he beat and killed his 4-year-old stepson, Lance. He was charged with second-degree murder

The boy's mother, Jessica Noriega, 26, also pleaded guilty to felony child abuse.

Lance died in November 2003 of severe internal injuries and bruises that indicated he was beaten before, doctors said.