Cody Baker made his first appearance in court this afternoon after he and his girlfriend were charged with murdering 8-month-old Finley Steele who died early Friday morning.
Police said Baker and Anna Steele used massive blunt trauma to the baby??s head.
Each of them faces a charge of second degree murder.
Baker appeared in court today through closed circuit television.
Steele told authorities that she noticed a pattern of injuries from her daughter after Baker moved into her home in January.
Authorities arrested the couple after emergency crews found the baby not breathing at their home on Woodridge Drive in Columbia.
Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight said, ??This is extremely serious. It??s such a tragic situation. It??s such a sad case. We??re going to do everything that we can to make sure that justice is done.??
Baker??s preliminary hearing is set for April 9.
Steele waived her first court appearance that was scheduled for today.
A date for her preliminary hearing has not been set.