Posted: Mar 1, 2014 8:03 PM by Meg McLeod, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Mar 1, 2014 9:30 PM
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.
Posted 3:56 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
FLORISSANT (AP) — A St. Louis County man is now charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the Thanksgiving night accident that killed a 6-year-old girl.
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Posted 3:53 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
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Posted 3:51 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
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Posted 2:48 PM 11/30/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County Circuit Court sentenced Cody Baker Monday to 30 years in prison.
Baker was convicted in September for second-degree murder for the 2014 death of his girlfriend's 8-month-old daughter.
During the trial, Prosecutor Dan Knight (More)
Posted 2:03 PM 11/30/2015 by Michael Lindquist, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 8:52 AM 11/30/2015 by Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach
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Posted 11:56 AM 11/30/2015 by Emma Henderson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers were holding a hearing Monday about Syrian refugees living in the state.
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Posted 12:09 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
LEASBURG (AP) — A state audit has uncovered financial and management concerns in the tiny eastern Missouri town of Leasburg.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Monday said an audit found that nearly $10,000 was missing from the village, and financial documents were altered to (More)
Posted 11:46 AM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
FLORISSANT (AP) — Authorities in suburban St. Louis have identified the 6-year-old girl who died in a Thanksgiving accident involving a suspected drunken driver.
Police say the child's name was Dezirae Thayer. She was in a relative's car that stalled in the road Thursday night (More)