A couple is being held for the death of the youngest child. The child was found suffocated with a plastic bag over his head.
According to Inquisitr, the child was given the plastic bag by his father and locked in his room. The father forgot to check on the boy and by the time he did; the child was lying on the floor unconscious.
Steven Killion Sr., 36, and Toni Baker, 37, a Pennsylvania couple, was charged with the death of their 2-year-old son, Steven Killion Jr. according to Penn Live. In 2017 the young boy was found dead in his bedroom with a plastic bag over his head.
The couple was charged with involuntary manslaughter as well as endangering the welfare of their other children. The manslaughter charges were based on the recklessness of the pair which caused the death of Steven Jr.
Steven Sr. told investigators at the time that he had given his son a gallon-sized plastic bag with cereal to keep him quiet. He’d also locked him up in his bedroom with it.
The father forgot to check up on his son before going to bed like he usually did. According to him, he woke up around 8 a.m. and found the toddler on the bedroom floor with the plastic bag over his head.
Steven Sr. said he brought the boy downstairs and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before the paramedics arrived. The boy was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital.
An autopsy determined the boy had died of suffocation. A police report revealed that the boy, as well as his two older siblings, lived in dehumanizing conditions.
‘I can’t handle these kids; I’m ready to strangle them.’
Toni Baker, WNEP News, March 8, 2018
The report revealed that the toddler had slept in a small plastic bed with no sheets or pillow. It also noted that dried feces were found on the walls and windows of his bedroom.
The couple was also charged for putting the lives of their 14-year-old autistic son and 6-year-old daughter at risk. They were accused of leaving the teenager unattended many times.
The boy was left alone even though his parents knew very well that he had an inclination to hurt himself when agitated. At one time, the teen needed staples to close a head wound after banging his head repeatedly against a wall.
Police say the teen’s bedroom had no bedding, only a few articles of clothing, and was strewn with cereal. His sister’s room had a bed with no pillow.
Investigators also revealed that they found bite marks on the window blinds. Officers also accessed the cell phone records of Baker and Steven Sr. as part of their investigations.
In one of the text messages seen by WNEP News, Baker told her husband that the children were driving her crazy and that she was ready to kill them.