One of two accused Abilene newborn killers now charged with Capital Murder and Injury to a Child

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - One of two suspects accused of killing an Abilene newborn just moments after birth in January of 2016 is facing Capital Murder charges and Injury to a Child charges in connection to the crime. 

Amber Craker, 19, had her murder charge upgraded to Capital Murder after being re-indicted by a grand jury on Thursday. As well as receive the new Injury to a Child charge.

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

There is no word yet on if her accused accomplice will face the same charges.

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

Craker and Cate were 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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