Father pleads guilty to killing 6-week-old baby by pushing fingers down the throat, authorities say

Robert James Burnette, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to felony child abuse resulting in the death of his son, reports said.

A Missouri man pleaded guilty this week for the killing of his son by pushing his fingers down the baby’s throat.

Robert James Burnette, 21, claimed he tried to stop the child crying, authorities said. The baby was identified on social media as Jaxon Burnette, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Jaxon died at 9 weeks old in November 2016, after weeks in a hospital, the report said. The child suffered bleeding of the brain, possible liver contusions, a broken arm and multiple rib fractures, authorities said.

Megan Hendricks, 21, allegedly witnessed the sexual abuse of children by Burnette, but not call for help, reports said.

Megan Hendricks, 21, the mother of the baby, reportedly witnessed the abuse in the couple of Wentzville apartment and not to call for help, the paper reported, quoting court documents.

Wentzville man pleads guilty in death of 6-week-old son

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Burnette allegedly threw the baby on a bed, shook him and picked him up by the back of the neck, St. Louis’ FOX 2 reported, citing court documents.

The mother is scheduled to be tried on the same charge as Burnette next month.

The father admitted shaking the baby and “too rough with him,” Wentzville police Detective Sean Rosner told the Post-Dispatch in 2016.

Burnette is in psychiatric institutions for severe anger problems and is diagnosed with several mental disorders, according to court records.


“When I first heard about this story, it broke my heart.”

– Holly Culver of Wentzville

A rally outside the St. Charles County Courthouse called for “justice for Jax,” after the parents have been charged, the paper reported.

“When I first heard about this story, it broke my heart,” Holly Culver, who stood outside the county courthouse during a 2016 wake, told the Post-Dispatch. “I never could imagine that someone does this to a child.

Culver held a sign with the text “We are … his voice,” to bring awareness to child abuse.


Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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