A Millcreek man has waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse homicide.

Steven D. Ahlstrom, 30, appeared before 3rd District Judge Leslie Lewis Tuesday to waive his preliminary hearing and enter a not-guilty plea for the Jan. 5 death of 16-month-old Deverl D. Garlick.The infant's mother told police she found her son dead in his crib at 1188 N. Garnette St.

The child had suffocated because someone had wrapped a blanket tightly around his head during the night, according to the charging documents. Ahlstrom and a 3-year-old child had been the only other people in the room.