Bail reduced for mother of dead 8-month-old

Monday, April 7, 2014 | 7:38 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The 24-year-old mother charged with playing a part in her infant daughter's death may await trial at her parents' house, a court ruled Monday.

The 13th Circuit Court for Boone County reduced Anna Steele's bail from $1 million to $250,000. If she pays a bond for 10 percent of that amount, she will be released into 24-hour house arrest at her parents' residence.

The new bond's conditions include around-the-clock GPS monitoring and restricted travel. Steele may only leave her parents' house at 504 Woodridge Drive for court appearances and prearranged meetings with her attorney, Andrew Popplewell. She also cannot have contact with anyone under the age of 17.

If Steele leaves her parents' house or contacts anyone younger than 17, she will return to jail.

Steele is charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 28 death of her 8-month-old daughter Finley, according to a previous Missourian report. Her boyfriend Cody Baker, 31, is also charged with second-degree murder.

Finley died from shaking and massive blunt trauma to the head, according to a probable cause statement.

Baker's bail was set at $2 million, and he was not scheduled for a bond reduction hearing. He has a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Steele's next court date is set for April 22.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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