Columbia Mother and Boyfriend Arrested for Death of Infant

3 years 2 months 3 weeks ago March 01, 2014 Mar 1, 2014 Saturday, March 01 2014 Saturday, March 01, 2014 11:38:00 AM CST in News
By: Andrea Gonzales, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA - A Columbia mother is facing second-degree murder charges for the death of her 8-month-old daughter.

According to the Columbia Police Department, the mother, 24-year-old Anna Steele, called 911 Friday morning to report that infant Finley Steele was not breathing.

Police officers and E.M.S. arrived to the home on Woodridge Drive at 2:50 a.m. They transported the infant to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

Sergeant Joe Bernhard said in a news release Saturday that "the investigation revealed the death was due to physical trauma and not natural causes."

Police officers arrested Steele around 3 a.m. Saturday for second degree murder. Police officers also arrested Steele's boyfriend, 31-year-old Cody Baker, 9:30 p.m. Friday for second degree murder. Both bonds are waiting to be set. 

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