ST. LOUIS (KTVI) -- A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison, plus another 10 years, for smothering his infant son three years ago.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 26-year-old Jibri Baker was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and assault in the death of 3-month-old Ayden Baker in April 2017.
Police say Baker admitted he first tried to kill Ayden by pushing the infant’s head into a bed. The infant took a breath, and prosecutors say Baker then held the infant’s nostrils and mouth closed until he died.
A first-degree murder charge is still pending against Baker’s then-girlfriend, Emily Paul, the Post-Dispatch reports. She is accused of persuading Baker to kill Ayden. Police searched the couple’s cellphones and found “messages indicating Emily Paul aided and encouraged the suffocation death” of Ayden, court documents said.