Mayor Indirectly Blamed For Baby's Death

1 decade 1 year 2 months ago Friday, August 31 2007 Aug 31, 2007 Friday, August 31, 2007 7:40:33 AM CDT August 31, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A former police officer is indirectly blaming the town's mayor for the burning death of a 7-month-old baby in central Missouri this month. A federal lawsuit by former Iberia officer Wayne Shaw alleges he was fired in retaliation for exercising freedom of speech when he criticized Mayor Jack Hogue. Shaw's suit also blames Hogue for ordering Shaw to return the baby to his mother following an incident at the baby's grandparents' home. The suit alleges that the mayor's actions led the baby to suffer injuries that later resulted in his death. Hogue says Shaw is acting "callously and maliciously" and is motivated by greed. 34-year-old Christina White is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly setting the child's blanket on fire and leaving the room. Wayne Anderson Jr. died three weeks later in a Columbia hospital.

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