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 7:55 AM 11/25/2015 by The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A standoff that began after a stabbing has ended with the suspect in custody.
The Kansas City Star reported that police were called to the scene around 7 p.m. and found a victim outside an apartment.
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Posted 7:41 AM 11/25/2015 by The Associated Press
WEBSTER GROVES (AP) — A Webster Groves police officer has been struck in the legs by a vehicle as he investigated another accident.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a vehicle struck the officer's SUV from behind and pushed it into his legs around 6:30 p.m. (More)
Posted 7:31 AM 11/25/2015 by The Associated Press
COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri Alumni Association is responding to requests and forming a Black Alumni Network.
The announcement follows the recent resignation of University System President Tim Wolfe after weeks of student protests over the racial climate on campus. (More)
Posted 6:14 AM 11/25/2015 by Nick Komisar, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Volunteers are working at the Columbia Salvation Army Wednesday and Thursday to help prepare for the Salvation Army's Annual Community Thanksgiving meal.
The meal will take place Thanksgiving day from 11 to 1, and it will be held at the Salvation Army Harbor House at 602 N. Ann (More)
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Posted 4:19 AM 11/25/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A key St. Louis bridge across the Mississippi River is scheduled to reopen next month after being closed for upgrades since the summer.
The Illinois Department of Transportation's Lora Rensing tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Martin Luther King Bridge again (More)
Posted 4:49 PM 11/5/2015 by Megan Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – Within the last month there have been many initiatives by the city government to combat homelessness in Columbia. City staff has plans for a new homeless shelter downtown, and the city council has budgeted for a new shelter for homeless veterans.
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Posted 4:37 PM 11/24/2015 by Steve Dawson, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - The holidays are a time when phone scammers take advantage of people who look to donate to a worthy cause.
The United Way of Central Missouri said it received a complaint from a local company, which said an unknown person called them claiming to represent the Randolph (More)
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Posted 5:09 PM 11/24/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - A Wisconsin federal appeals court has ruled it is unconstitutional to require abortion providers to get hospital admitting privileges in order to perform abortions. One University of Missouri law professor said the ruling should not affect Missouri statute.
"It really shouldn't (More)
Posted 4:34 PM 11/24/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Reporter and The Associated Press
COLUMBIA (AP) — The Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has stopped performing medically-induced abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri confirmed the clinic ceased offering the abortions Monday. The organization also confirmed Nov. 19 was the last (More)