Mother, boyfriend charged with killing Maywood toddler

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A judge denied bail for the Maywood mother accused of beating her baby to death on Saturday, but originally telling police she and her son were the victims of an abduction. Lakeshia Baker and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Michael Scott made their first appearance in court today. The details of the crime were so disturbing Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez attending today’s hearing.

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Michael Scott and Lakeshia Baker

“This case strikes us as particularly heinous for a number of reasons,” said Alvarez.

In court, both defendants stood side by side, each charged with first degree murder in the alleged beating death of Baker’s one year old son, Bryeon Hunter.

“We don’t know how long the baby had been beaten but based on what we were told the child had been beaten continuously,”  said Alvarez.

Though first concocting an abduction story for police, which lead to an Amber Alert being issued on Tuesday, prosecutors say Baker later admitted to beating her son repeatedly with a belt, and making him sit for hours on the toilet as punishment. Scott told investigators that his girlfriend is the one who beat her son to death, leaving him to die on the bathroom floor.  Prosecutors say both admitted to stuffing the boy’s body into a backpack to dispose of it near the Des Plaines River in Maywood, then calling police to report a false kidnapping and beating by three men. Baker went so far as to tell her story to reporters, while the Amber Alert was still active.

“I think it’s horrific, we’re talking about a 20 month old child and to be continuously beaten and left on the toilet- you can just imagine what the child has gone through. As a mother, it really hits you, that a mother could do this to their own child and then getting the police involved in an Amber Alert, knowing full well that the child was already dead,” said Alvarez.

Maywood police chief Tim Curry said the story quickly unraveled as the truth came out, “due to the description of the subjects that she decribed, they were not a part of this event and we had concern with that.”

Though neither family wanted to talk on camera, Lakeshia Baker’s attorney, Irv Frazin said his client was not guilty, “she has been under the thumb of this fellow, this co-defendant for a long time, and this is a classic case of abuse.   She has been abused regularly by this person, hospitalized and I think all of that will come out later,” said Frazin.

Meanwhile, crews continue to search the Maywood area for Bryeon’s body.

Both Baker and Scott are due back in court on Tuesday.

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  • Shane

    that's not true he did not have to follow in his parents footsteps he could have grew up and turned out wonderful he could have beat the odds if his dumb mother would have given him a chance

  • Vee

    I don't think to put them to death is too easy especially the mother . While she spends the rest of her days in jail there should be pictures of HER son all over her cell. That is sure to make her lose her mind because when reality sets in that you killed your on flesh you will never see his little smile again or hear his voice and it was all you fault. At least we know where the babies soul is going he will be OUR HEAVENLY FATHER as for you and you so called boyfriend you will burn in HELL !

  • too small 04

    I am very heart broken over this, I want to know where was the grandparents of this baby, I am a grandmother and I check on my grandkids at lease once a week to make sure they are alright and to see if they need anything. Shame on you! You had to know what this young lady was going thought and what could have happen to your grandchidren, If a 4 year old knew I know you knew. So I say the hell with you to.

  • Me, Myself and I

    and everyone was talking smack about mexicans because she blamed 3 hispanic men! look who it ended up being!

    This is a shame! He is better off in heaven in the hands of the Lord…. I hope she gets jail time because you know she will get whats coming to her there!

  • Zeke

    We as christians shouldn't let this cause waves in the Mexican American and African American community. Some of my best friends are Mexican American and I do personnaly apologize to ANY Mexican American that was offened by these ignorant children who did this and blamed innocent people.

  • Reggieb

    How in the heck can you, as a woman think that a flap of flesh is that good that you would kill your baby? That baby depended upon, and trusted you. I'm so glad that God is so Sovereign! He knows each of us in all of our broken states. I just pray that the find the remains of that baby for a proper burial. The Des Plaines river is so overflowing. Everyone please pray that the backpack with the remains turns up soon.

  • Soul Retrieval

    Hard to believe that some people could ever be salvaged. They are so twisted. They have abandoned their souls, given them over to make a home for Evil and there seems to be no going back to the innocence they once were as children. To destroy their bodies won't eliminate Evil. To torture them just perpetuates Evil. Evil roams the Earth looking for new places to call home. We have to teach our families, our children, how to stand sentry to their souls to keep Evil from entering and taking over, making itself at home in us and anywhere people leave the door open. That's the only hope. See Evil for what it is and don't leave the door open.

  • Trent

    What a scumbag! Lets torture these 2 losers like they did to the innocent baby. I hope they both die a miserable death and go straight to hell. These two are beyond evil.

  • Demeatria Sgt.

    All I can say is God bless the child. My husband and I have 4 children and another on the way; there is no way this could ever happen in my world. I want to join the masses in praying for these 2 babies, Bryeon and his 4-year old brother. For the child that's gone, I pray that your precious soul is with our Heavenly Father, where you will be forever safe from ALL hurt and danger, and wrapped only in love. To his brother, I pray that he is with his grandma where he can be safe and comforted. This is entirely too much for a baby to have to deal with: brother killed by your mom? And then they try and make you LIE about it??? I'm certain that where ever little man is right now, it's better than where he was. God's not cruel like that. As for the mother, you are a disgusting disgrace to every mother on the planet!!! Instead of ingesting drugs, she should have been ingesting Proverbs 19:18 – "Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death." Whatever justice she gets on this side of life or the other, rest assure good people that she's going to wish she never did what she did. Death penalty judgement or not, like all the other pathetic 'mothers' who go to prison for these types of crimes, she's going to get her 'just desserts'. Do you know how many mothers are in prison, missing their kids??? For baby Bryeon: Psalm 82:3-4: "Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Amen.

    • Demeatria Sgt.

      Ok they asterisked out the word when it wasn't even a curse word??? So instead of using that word to describe a large group of people, (M-A-S-S-E-S), I guess I'll say that "I want to JOIN everyone else"…

  • sickened

    I am trying to understand this story. She comes up with both eyes shut and black ribs broken and is untouched. How did the baby look OMG. These two are the absolute worst. She allowed it how could she. Stand up women for the sake of your children. They need to be torchured until dooms day.

  • Catrina W,M.

    Wow how could they, where is ones heart ones conscious, thats your baby your suppose to protect him by any means provide unconditionally love and naturing. This shit kills me it hurt so bad my heart cry out why, why? I pray his soul rest in peace for he was a innocent precious victim. But whats worse its a lot people out there that knew these crazy ass people knew the sick shit that was happenig behind there doors. Congradulation your silence didn't help look at the results. Change people pray, pray hard hell what ever God you may believe in this thing this world its cold but its life. Father God forgive me, but I'm pissed off my heart hurts deeply for this baby Praying hard for ny people in Jesus name. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kim Errandi

    The only thing about this story that gives me any comfort is that he is in paradise now, and I plan on giving him a big hug when I get there.

  • Eleanor vann

    This is nothing new under the sun, it keep on napping, generation after generation. The best thing our generation should start is going back to STONEING these monsters to death, lets put it on T.V., the Internet and all other media technology we use today.

  • angie

    this story was so very sad. this is a little boy. and his own mother beat him and killed him and left him on the bathroom floor. i really feel we need to do the same to her. i cannot imagine being hit with a belt there little bodies are so soft and they are so little, and they love you so much and trust you. it does break my heart. now he is peace with our savior and not being beat.

  • bobhamiltonchicago

    Most people would agree that society should not waste too much additional time with these two. While it is clear that whatever responsibility society had to these two, it failed. The most fair, just and economical thing to do now would be, is to turn them over to four certified psychopaths for their daily recreation.