The father of a murdered 18-month-old girl was placed on probation and released from jail this week while the man accused of killing his daughter is scheduled to stand trial next month. 28-year-old Edward Mays of West First Street in Dickson was placed on Community Corrections for two years Tuesday after pleading guilty to assault and vandalism. The two years will be served consecutively to an eight-year Community Corrections sentence Mays already had from previous convictions. Under a plea bargain agreement presented in Dickson County Circuit Court, a charge of aggravated domestic assault was reduced to simple assault and a charge of aggravated burglary was reduced to vandalism while a charge of aggravated assault with injury was dropped. Mays was indicted in December for breaking into the home of his then-girlfriend in August 2012 and choking her. He was arrested in September for violating his Community Corrections sentence for a previous conviction. In February while he was in jail, Mays attempted to contact the Department of Children’s Services to express his concern about the welfare of his daughter, who was left in the care of Edward Joseph Benesch II after the girl’s mother, Jill Smith, was arrested. In March, Benesch dropped 18-month-old Somarah Smith off at a relative’s house where it was discovered she was unresponsive and turning blue. Attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful. Benesch now faces charges of felony murder and aggravated child abuse and neglect and is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 16. The District Attorney’s office has filed notice it intends to seek a sentence of life without parole if Benesch is convicted. Jill Smith was released on bond the day her daughter died. Mays was allowed to attend his daughter’s funeral but remained in jail until entering his plea bargain agreement this week.