Man admits to killing girlfriend's infant

Man accused of killing three-month-old appears in court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A 3-month-old has died and the mother’s boyfriend has been charged with murder.

Friday morning, EMS were called to an apartment on Jessica Allen Drive where they found a baby unresponsive. The child was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital where he died.

Cody Bates, 24, reportedly admitted to killing the infant and has been charged with murder. Police referred to Bates as the mother's boyfriend as well as the child's caretaker. In a GoFundMe set up for the child, the 3-month-old's uncle identified Bates as the child's father.

Mary Baird, who lives a few doors down, and several other neighbors said they did not see or hear anything. According to Baird, the neighborhood is usually very quiet and safe, and the apartment complex screens its tenants.

"How could anybody do something like that? It's just unbelievable," Baird said. "There's not much you can say. Words can't express what that woman's feeling."

Police have not released the child's cause of death.

Bates is currently being held at Metro Corrections on a $1 million bond. He is due back in court June 20.

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