Ohio man charged with killing infant son, harming daughter

AP News
|
Posted: Dec 24, 2015 3:33 PM

An Ohio man has been indicted on charges he suffocated his infant son and seriously injured his toddler daughter, a county prosecutor said Thursday.

Adam Baker, 23, of Marietta, was arrested Dec. 7 and indicted on aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder charges Tuesday. Detectives began investigating Baker after his 2-year-old daughter, Zoe, was taken to a Columbus hospital on Nov. 23 because she had lost consciousness, Washington County prosecutor Kevin Rings said.

His 4-month-old son, Andrew, died June 7. A coroner couldn't determine how the boy died.

Marietta is a historic Ohio River town about 125 miles southeast of Columbus.

Zoe suffered brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen, Rings said. She is now blind, uses a wheelchair and may need a feeding tube, he said.

She was first taken to the hospital Nov. 20 after Baker reported that she was having seizures, falling down and losing consciousness, Rings said. Doctors found nothing wrong with her and sent her home, Rings said.

Baker was arrested and charged based on evidence gathered during the police investigation, Rings said, declining to elaborate. Rings said he didn't know why Baker would have harmed his children.

"It's inexplicable," Rings said. "What could possibly be the motive for this kind of behavior?"

The children's problems occurred during times when Baker's wife, who is the children's mother, was out of the house, Rings said. He added that the family had no contact with child welfare officials before the girl was stricken.

Calls to the Washington County public defender's office, which is representing Baker, went unanswered Thursday. Baker is being held on a $500,000 bond.