Mother and boyfriend arrested for infant murder

Authorities arrested Cody M. Baker, 31, for murder in the second degree.

A mother and her boyfriend were arrested for second degree murder for the death of an infant.

At 2:50 a.m. Columbia Police officers and E.M.S. were dispatched to 504 Woodridge Drive in reference to an 8 month old female infant who was not breathing. The mother of the infant called 911 to report she was not breathing. The infant, Finely Steele, was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The investigation revealed the death was due to physical trauma and not natural causes.

Authorities arrested Cody M. Baker, 31, and Anna E. Steele, 24, for murder in the second degree, to be set bond.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. There is no further information available for release at this time.

If you have any information about this incident please contact the Columbia Police Department, non-emergency number 573-442-6131 or Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.