Spokane Mother Of Child Killed: 'I Keep Asking Myself Why' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Mother Of Baby Killed: 'I Keep Asking Myself Why'

(Confessed baby killer James R. Cooley) (Confessed baby killer James R. Cooley)

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On September 28, 2010, Spokane Police officers responded to a request made by the Spokane Fire Department, regarding an unconscious 13 month old child. The mother of the small boy found him in his crib, unresponsive, and called for Medics. The child was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Spokane Major Crimes detectives responded to investigate the suspicious death. Their investigation led to the arrest of 22-year-old James R. Cooley for 1st degree Murder. Cooley was booked into the SCJ about 10pm last night. It appears the child's mother has been dating Cooley for the past six months. She lives in the apartment with Cooley and her two small children (13 month old and a 4 year old). She left the home yesterday morning, leaving her kids in the care of Cooley. When she returned home around 4pm, she noticed bruising and redness on her 4 year old. The mom checked on the baby and found him unresponsive.

Cooley had been listed as the primary suspect in a separate active child abuse investigation. On May 5, 2010, Spokane Police responded to 2700 West 14th St regarding the assault of a 6 month old baby girl. The infant survived the assault but now suffers blindness and mental retardation. Investigators determined the assault on the infant had occurred up to18 hours before the police report was made and detectives were unable to develop probable cause to arrest Cooley. Detectives also learned Cooley had assaulted the 6 month old baby a week prior to the May incident.

In addition to the 1st degree Murder charge Cooley was arrested for yesterday, detectives plan on charging him with two counts of 1st Degree Assault from the May incidents, as well as a felony assault charge from yesterday's assault of the 4 year old boy.

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