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By Naomi Nix and Matt Walberg Tribune reporters
5:43 p.m. CDT, April 20, 2013
A 22-year-old Maywood woman admitted she and her boyfriend beat her 1-year-old son with a belt and plastic hangers and left him to die on their bathroom floor, prosecutors said in court Saturday.
The couple then disposed of the child's lifeless body in a backpack before devising an elaborate cover-up which included pretending that the child had been abducted, prosecutors alleged in court.
A Cook County judge ordered Lakeshia Baker, 22, held without bail. Michael Scott, 21, was held in lieu of $750,000 bail. Both are from the 300 block of South 10th Avenue in west suburban Maywood.
Baker, who had two black eyes, cried in court after a judge announced her bond. Sally Daly, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office, said Baker spells her first name differently at different times; it is spelled Lakeshia on her driver's license.
According to prosecutors, Baker admitted to authorities that on Monday, April 15 she beat her 1-year-old son, Bryeon Hunter, with a belt while Scott covered the child's mouth so that his grandmother would not hear the baby scream or cry. She said Scott beat the baby's body with plastic hangers.
Baker says the beating happened in the bedroom, prosecutors said, but Scott said Baker beat the child in the bathroom.
Baker said the grandmother, who lived in another apartment in the same building, yelled: " ‘What's going on up there’ during the beating," prosecutors alleged.
The next day, Tuesday, the toddler spent the morning lying on the bathroom floor with a bruised purple body, not moving, moaning and struggling to breathe, prosecutors said. At one point his lungs were not getting air and his body became limp.
"She stated she knew the baby was dying," the prosecutor said.
Once the couple realized the child was dead, they devised a plan to dispose of the body and report that the child had been kidnapped, according to prosecutors.