ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - A 4-month-old baby girl is dead and her mother's boyfriend is charged with 2nd degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child.
St. Charles police say 24-year-old Jordan Prince choked the baby because she would not stop crying.
Police identified the murdered child only by her first name, Ashlynn.
"Any case involving an infant is upsetting and especially one that's this serious," said Lt. David Senter, St. Charles Police Department. "It's just very, very sad."
Police say Prince confessed after being questioned along with the child's mother. Police say it was Monday at approximately 12:30p.m. when the child stopped breathing. Police say Ashlynn's mother slept through the crying.
Police responded to Prince`s trailer on Fremont Court as efforts to resuscitate the child were underway.
Baby Ashland was taken to a nearby hospital and transported to Cardinal Glennon Medical Center but did not survive.
An autopsy on Wednesday determined her death was homicide by asphyxiation.
"There were other people in the house that could have assisted them in dealing with the child," said Senter.
Neighbors described the trailer where Prince lived as one where there had been fights before. Police say Prince and Ashlynn`s mother have been in a five month relationship.
"A lot of fighting with the baby involved," said Elly Sortor, neighbor.
Police say they never received any prior calls. Some of the neighbors now wonder if they should have called police.
One neighbor said she feared retaliation so she never called.
Jeff Rudder lives next door and was home when the baby was taken to the hospital.
"I just want to cry when I think about it," said Rudder. "It's horrible."
A man who did not want to be identified but said he was a friend of Prince`s maintained his friend is innocent. The unidentified man said Prince has been watching another child for more than a year without any problems.
Prince was jailed in St. Charles Thursday on a $150,000 bond. Senter said
Ashlynn`s mother has another child that is now in the custody of the Missouri Division of Family Services.