CASSOPOLIS — A St. Joseph man has pleaded no contest to child abuse and manslaughter in the 2016 death of his 2-year-old stepdaughter in Silver Creek Township near Dowagiac.

Lance Reeves, 46, of Pearl Street in St. Joseph, was in Cass County Circuit Court Monday afternoon to make his pleas. He had been set to go to trial today on one charge of open murder and three counts of child abuse.