Mother of murdered newborn admits to injuring baby, hiding body in trash


The mother of a newborn who was killed in an Abilene home on Monday admitted to causing “obvious injury” to the baby then hiding the body in a trash can.

This is according to the arrest report for Amber Craker, 18, who is being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $300,000 for the 1st Degree Murder charge and Tampering with/Fabricating Physical Evidence. She was arrested on Tuesday afternoon as soon as she was released from Hendrick Medical Center.

Her boyfriend, Damian Scott Cate, 22, was arrested on the same charges just hours after the newborn was found deceased. His bond is also set at $300,000.

His arrest reports give more insight into what happened as well. They say he admitted to holding the baby while Craker caused the “obvious injury”.

Both reports say Craker and Cate cleaned up the scene after they disposed of the baby.

APD responded to the 400 block of South 25th Street around 8:30 a.m. after Hendrick Medical Center staff reported doctors examined a woman who had just given birth, but there was no baby with her when she checked into the hospital.

Officers executed a search warrant after learning the remains of the newborn may be located on the property. The initial investigation lead police to believe the remains were located somewhere in the home’s drainage system, so they called plumbers to the scene who snaked the drain and located the sewage pipe.

Detectives were only able to find birth tissue in the pipe. The baby was later located inside. APD says the newborn’s body was hidden and exhibited “visible trauma”.

Several suspects are being questioned in connection to this crime as the Abilene Police Department moves forward with a homicide investigation.

Court documents indicate Craker’s family members may have aided in the birth and/or murder of the newborn.

More information about what APD found during the execution of their search warrant can be found in the ‘Related Articles’ section below.

BigCountryHomepage will keep you updated on any arrests and other developments that come from APD’s homicide investigation. 

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