Accused newborn killer re-arrested on upgraded Capital Murder charge

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The second suspect accused of killing an Abilene newborn just moments after birth in January of 2016 is back behind bars on an upgraded Capital Murder charge.

Damian Cate, 24, is now being held in the Taylor County Jail on a $150,000 bond issued for Capital Murder and Tampering with Evidence - Human Corpse. He was taken into custody on Wednesday. 

Cate was originally arrested for Murder and Tampering with Evidence - Human Corpse in January of 2016 then was released from jail after posting bond in May.

Cate's accused accomplice, Amber Craker, 19, had her Murder charge upgraded to Capital Murder after both she and Cate were re-indicated by a grand jury last week. She is also now facing an Injury to a Child charge. 

Craker remains in jail and her bond has been upgraded to $550,000.

The trial dates for both Craker and Cate are currently unknown at this time.

Craker and Cate were initially arrested within one day after the body of a newborn baby was found in a trash can inside a home on the 400 block of S. 25th Street on January 18, 2016. An autopsy report reveals she was killed by "multiple sharp force injuries".

Additional documents say, "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."

An arrest report reveals the Craker admitted to police that she caused 'obvious injury' to the baby before placing it in the trash can, and Cate's arrest report says he told police he held the baby while Craker caused the 'obvious injury'.

The newborn, named Baby Ashley by Abilene Police Officers who donated her headstone and funeral, was laid to rest days after her death in a cemetery near North 10th and Cottonwood Street during a private ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

Craker spent some time at a psychiatric facility after she was deemed incompetent to stand trial, but she has since been transferred back to the Taylor County Jail where she is awaiting her day in court while in jail on bonds totaling $300,000.


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