A man has been sentenced to 45 days in jail for biting the face of his girlfriend's 5-year-old son.

Randall Kirk McGee pleaded no contest last month to third-degree child abuse. The 37-year-old was sentenced Tuesday in Muskegon County Circuit Court.

Police say McGee bit the boy on Feb. 11. The child's mother, Renae Baker, says her son bit McGee while McGee was trying to help the boy brush his teeth. She says McGee bit back.

School officials contacted Child Protective Services and police after noticing the bite marks. Authorities say the boy said it was the only time McGee had physically hurt him.

Baker told The Muskegon Chronicle in an earlier interview that McGee's biting was a nonabusive "act of discipline."