TX - Amber Craker & Damian Cate charged with murder of newborn, Abilene, 18 Jan 2016

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  1. Unique

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    Homicide: Newborn baby’s body found hidden in south Abilene home
    POSTED: 6:12 PM Jan 18 2016 UPDATED: 8:44 AM Jan 19 2016

    Police say they found the dead baby hidden inside a home in the 400 block of South 25th Street. They say there was “visible trauma to the body.”

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    Abilene man charged with murder in connection to dead newborn
    POSTED: 12:47 AM Jan 19 2016 UPDATED: 4:54 PM Jan 19 2016

    Abilene Police Department Sgt. Lynn Beard confirmed that 22-year-old Damian Scott Cate was arrested late Monday evening and charged with first-degree murder.

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    Cate was charged with first degree felony murder and second degree felony tampering with evidence. He was taken to the Taylor County Jail. No bond information was available.

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    Abilene police arrest mother of dead newborn for murder

    Jan 19 2016 04:34:44 PM CST Updated On: Jan 21 2016 07:53:18 AM CST

    Abilene police took 18-year-old Amber Craker into custody in connection with the dead newborn found in a south Abilene house Monday. Craker is the birth mother of the dead female baby, police said in a news release.

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    Police went to her residence and found the baby dead inside, along with placenta stuck in a sewage drain. The body was sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

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    Warrant indicates mother, others may be charged in Abilene murder

    Jan 19 2016 10:51:25 AM CST Updated On: Jan 19 2016 10:57:33 PM CST

    A search warrant affidavit obtained Tuesday by KTXS also indicates three others may also face charges.

    "This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are probable," the Abilene Police Department said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

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    Consent was given for police to search the residence – and items located in “plain view” led police to seek the search warrant.

    Among the items were a towel and sheet in the washer that appeared to be covered in “fresh blood," blood on the laundry room floor and the floor of the bedroom that Amber Craker and Damian Cate shared. In addition, police found a knife with blood on it, according to the warrant.

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    According to the warrant, Amber Craker finally admitted to a detective that she had given birth to a baby in her bedroom and that after she gave birth “she tried to flush the baby down the toilet,” the warrant said.

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  3. Unique

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  4. keeponsearching

    keeponsearching The mighty Oak was once a little nut that stood it

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    Why, she lived with her parents. She had stomach pains, bleeding.. No one thought she needed to go to the hospital. What is wrong with people, isn't so much easier dropping a newborn off at those designated places than to spend forever in jail. Disgusting. Was the baby alive at all?
     
  5. Unique

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    Abilene police arrest uncle of woman accused of killing newborn
    Jan 26 2016 UPDATED: 7:50 AM Jan 27 2016

    Abilene police have arrested a third person connected to the home where a newborn baby was found dead in a trash can last week.

    Christopher Craker is charged with failure to register as a sex offender. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Craker was convicted in 2006 of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl in Coleman County. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

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  6. Rayemonde

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    February 2nd:

    http://m.ktxs.com/news/autopsy-report-newborn-abilene-baby-stabbed-multiple-times/37778448

    I wonder if her uncle was molesting her. If it was really she who stabbed the baby, that might explain why she felt so much anger towards a newborn. I'm assuming she felt anger, because stabbing is such a violent and excessive way to kill a defenceless baby...
     
  7. Unique

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    Abilene police officers hold funeral for slain newborn baby
    Feb 03 2016 04:45:39 PM CST Updated On: Feb 03 2016 10:41:43 PM CST

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    “This was a deeply personal event for the family and the responders,” said Sgt. Lynn Beard with the Abilene Police Department.

    Beard said that responding officers found out the baby’s family did not have money to afford a funeral, so they coordinated funds and secured donations for the service. A local funeral home donated a casket.

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    Abilene residents remember killed newborn during vigil
    Feb 06 2016 10:17:20 PM CST Updated On: Feb 08 2016 07:34:07 AM CST

    The short life of Ashley Cate was honored by dozens of people on the campus of Abilene Christian University Saturday evening.

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  8. Unique

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    New Court Document Reveals Disturbing Details in Abilene Newborn's Murder
    Fri 12:36 PM, Feb 12, 2016

    Another court document filed during the investigation into the murder of an Abilene newborn claims one of the suspects confessed to the crime, incriminating the other suspect in the process.

    The document says, "Damian Cate confessed to Abilene Police Officers. . . that he held the baby while Amber Craker cut the baby's throat. Cate then assisted in putting the baby in the trash can and cleaning up lots of blood."

    Cate and Craker, the baby's mother, are charged with 1st Degree Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

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    Hearing canceled for Abilene man accused of killing newborn baby
    Feb 12 2016 09:31:33 AM CST Updated On: Feb 12 2016 01:58:05 PM CST

    The examining hearing for the Abilene man accused of murdering his newborn daughter has been canceled.

    Officials at the 42nd District Court say the hearing for 22-year-old Damian Cate was canceled because Cate's lawyer withdrew the motion filed to examine whether or not the state had probable cause to retain custody of the man.

    On Thursday afternoon, new documents were filed in connection with the case, stating Cate confessed that he held the baby as Craker stabbed the newborn.

    According to the documents, Cate then assisted in wrapping the baby in adult diapers before placing the baby in a trash can.

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    Reviewed this after reading post about another newborn killed today. This morning I watched videos posted online by parents who adopted newborn or months-old babies, mostly from China. These babies were the most precious, cutest beings and instantly loved by the new parents. I don't have any children and find the videos of these babies addictive!
     
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    Abilene woman accused of killing baby ruled incompetent for trial
    Apr 22, 2016 07:40 AM CDT Updated: May 17, 2016 07:58 AM CDT


    An Abilene woman accused of killing her newborn baby girl has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

    Earlier this month, Judge Thomas Wheeler of the 350th District Court ordered that 18-year-old Amber Rene Craker be committed to the North Texas State Hospital, a state mental health facility, for no longer than 120 days.

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    Trial date set for Abilene mother charged with murder of newborn

    Aug 04, 2016 05:25 PM CDT Updated: Aug 05, 2016 07:53 PM CDT

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    Amber Craker is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 31 for the January murder of Ashley Nevaeh Cate.

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    She was ruled competent to stand trial.

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    Damian Cate, is also charged with the baby’s murder. He was released in May after paying a reduced $50,000 bond.
     
  11. cvaldez1975

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    FFS why not just get an abortion ppl????
     
  12. mrsobrien

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    There are other options....WHY?!
     
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    Texas makes it as difficult as possible to get an abortion.
     
  16. cvaldez1975

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    amber craker was 8 in 2006.

     
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    Trial Date Postponed for Abilene Mother Accused of Killing Newborn

    http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/breaking-news/trial-date-postponed-for-abilene-mother-accused-of-killing-newborn/735664474

     
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    http://www.ktxs.com/news/abilene-couple-accused-of-capital-murder-wont-face-the-death-penalty3/587243556

     
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    The Uncle (Christopher Craker) has to be the father of the baby for her to hate it that much and to not even think of placing it in a safe haven. I have no doubt the uncle would have been sexually abusing her all her life. She is probably the victim in the 2006 charges, and he was still continuing to abuse her. Christopher Craker should be in prison. :(
     
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    Jury selection to begin Monday in Abilene newborn murder trial

    http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/main-news/jury-selection-to-begin-monday-in-abilene-newborn-murder-trial/813551144

     

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