Mother and Boyfriend Arrested for Murder in Death of Infant

1 year 11 months 1 week ago March 01, 2014 Mar 1, 2014 Saturday, March 01 2014 Saturday, March 01, 2014 8:03:05 PM CST in News
By: Meg McLeod, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - A mother and her boyfriend were arrested on second-degree murder charges for their alleged involvement in the death of an eight-month-old little girl. 

Columbia police and E.M.S. responded to 504 Woodridge Drive at 2:50 a.m. Friday after 24-year-old Anna Steele reported her daughter Finely Steele was not breathing. 

Though the infant was rushed to the hospital, she did not survive. Further investigation revealed the child did not die of natural causes, but rather physical trauma. 

Around 9:30 Friday evening, Columbia police arrested 31-year-old Cody Baker on second-degree murder charges. A few hours later at 3 a.m. Saturday, police also arrested his girlfriend Steele on second-degree murder charges.

Sergeant Joe Bernhard of the Columbia Police Department told KOMU 8 it's been years since a child has been murdered in Columbia, "It's gotta have been at least two years since we've had a death of a child."

Sgt. Bernhard added investigators still have work to do, "Well, they have a lot of leads and physical evidence and lab work to do," he said. "Also, the medical examiner will have to prepare the report. So, there's a lot more of the investigation yet to be done."

The bonds for neither Baker nor Steele have been set yet. 

 

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