Couple plead not guilty in Maywood child’s death
Clad in yellow jumpsuits, Lakeshia Baker, 22, and Michael Scott, 21, showed no emotion during a five-minute hearing before Cook County Judge Paula Daleo at the Cook County courthouse in Maywood.
Daleo accepted the pleas and scheduled the next hearing for June 18.
Baker and Scott are accused of beating Bryeon Hunter with a belt and plastic hangers on April 15 before leaving him to die on the bathroom floor of their Maywood apartment, Cook County prosecutors have said.
The couple initially made up a story that the child had been kidnapped, but police later determined that the kidnapping did not occur. The couple later allegedly confessed to disposing of the body in the river.
A Westchester man who spent weeks searching the river found what is likely to be the child on May 14. Robert Larson, 47, was paddling his kayak just north of 31st Street near the Brookfield Zoo in North Riverside when he noticed the body of a baby face up. Larson operates a K-9 training center in Westchester.
Maywood Police Chief Tim Curry said the decomposed body seemed to resemble the child. But Curry said today he is still waiting for the Cook County medical examiner’s office to identify the child.
Baker is being held without bail. Scott’s bail is $750,000.