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Life in prison sought for man accused of smothering infant

August 7, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking life in prison without parole for a southern Indiana man who allegedly smothered his girlfriend’s infant son with a pillow.

The 2-month-old child died July 30 as 19-year-old Dakota L. King of Bloomington was caring for him while his girlfriend was at work.

The Herald-Times reports that court documents say King told police he got upset when the baby spit up milk onto his clothes and he pushed the infant’s face into a pillow until the child stopped crying.

King is jailed without bond on charges that include murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

A Monroe County judge appointed a public defender to represent King during his initial hearing last week.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday with the county’s public defender’s office.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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