Missouri Woman Guilty in Infant Son’s Death
A judge has found a Missouri mother guilty in the death of her infant son, who died shortly after he was born in their home in northeast Missouri.
Circuit Judge Wendy Wexler Horn on Thursday found Roberta Baker guilty of a Class B felony abuse or neglect resulting in death.
The Park Hills Daily Journal reports Baker waived her right to a jury trial in the February 2018 death of her son, Elijah.
Testimony during a one-day trial indicated Baker gave birth to the boy, who was premature, while home alone near Vandalia. She told investigators she didn’t seek medical help because she had active warrants and didn’t want to return to prison.
A toxicology report on the infant found methamphetamine in his system.
Baker will be sentenced July 19.