Posted: Mar 3, 2014 2:08 PM by Katie Kiebles, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Mar 3, 2014 3:55 PM
COLUMBIA - More information has come to light from the investigation into the Friday death of eight-month-old Finely Steele. Court documents say the child "was killed by her head being impacted by a blunt object as a result of abuse". Documents say the victim sustained massive blunt trauma and also showed evidence of being shaken.
Police arrested Cody Baker, 31, Friday, and his girlfriend Anna Steele, 24, Saturday, on charges of second degree murder. Police said Saturday they believed the two were responsible for the child's death due to trauma.
In the probable cause statement, Columbia police officer Joseph Jackson said the boyfriend, Cody Baker, claims he brought the child into bed after being restless and woke to the child pale and not breathing. The statement also says the mother, Anna Steele, admitted that her boyfriend, Cody Baker, had placed blankets over the child's head and that though she did not agree with it, she was compliant. Steele_Probable_Cause.pdf
The documents say two weeks earlier the child was said to have a bruise on her face that Baker claims happened from falling in the crib, but Steele says she felt the child was in danger after this occurrence but did not confront Baker for fear of his reaction.
Baker and Steele's court dates have not yet been set.
Posted 4:00 PM 11/24/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - Thanksgiving travelers this weekend will face increased traffic and the safety risks that come with it, and mid-Missouri agencies are getting ready.
AAA estimates 42 million Americans will travel by car this holiday weekend. 872,000 of those will be Missourians.
Posted 1:34 PM 11/24/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that 91 percent of college campuses across the nation did not report any incidents of rape on campus in 2014. Both Stephens College and the Columbia College campus in Columbia fall into this category. The University of Missouri's archive (More)
Posted 2:57 PM 11/24/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the first-degree murder convictions and the death sentence for one of four men convicted of raping two sisters and throwing them to their death from an abandoned Mississippi River bridge in St. Louis 24 (More)
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Posted 2:27 PM 11/24/2015 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA – MFA Oil Company named a new vice president of retail automotive Tuesday.
MFA Oil announced Edward Harper will oversee the operations of Big O Tires and Jiffy Lube in addition to the company’s construction and maintenance departments.
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Posted 2:10 PM 11/24/2015 by Jim Salter, The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fifty years after a St. Louis gospel singer says she was told her daughter died at birth, and months after the 76-year-old woman learned that her daughter was still alive, a judge is being asked to restore the birth mother's parental rights.(More)
Posted 12:23 PM 11/24/2015 by Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA - An RV fire on Highway 63 caused delays for drivers Tuesday. Both northbound lanes of Highway 63 just south Interstate 70 were temporarily closed. The Columbia Fire Department responded to put out the flames.
The driver of the RV told KOMU 8 News the (More)
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Posted 11:45 AM 11/24/2015 by Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Police Department has released a list of local businesses checked to see if they have sold alcohol to a minor.
Of the eight locations released, The Broadway Hotel was the only checked business that sold alcohol to an underage minor.
The following (More)
Posted 1:34 AM 11/24/2015 by Nick Komisar, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - With Thanksgiving just around the corner, KOMU 8 News set out to ask shoppers if they have brand preferences when it comes to the most popular dishes.
After talking to numerous customers, the overwhelming majority said they don't really think about the brand.