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Guilty plea entered in case of murder of 5-year-old; ‘mental illness’ claimed

Posted by on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 @ 10:32 am.

Robert James Baldwin

KNOX CO., Ind. - A man whose photos pretty much bear the evidence of his particular brand of plea will be sentenced later this year in Knox County after admitting to the murder of his own son.

Robert James Baldwin, 55 of Vincennes, is the guy in question.

He was accused in April of 2017 of murder in the smothering/strangulation death of his five-year-old son, Gabriel, after which he called 911 and advised "I killed my son."

The boy was alive but just barely when responders arrived. Following transport to Good Samaritan in Vincennes and transport to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, the boy died from his injuries. It was determined that he had been strangled with some kind of cord, as well as suffocated. Over the course of the investigation, it was determined that Baldwin had "planned out" the death of the boy. There have been no published reports to indicate where the mother was, or why someone so obviously sick as Baldwin was was allowed to be alone with the child for any period of time. There further was no indication that there had been any other incidents of strange behavior or abuse in the household.

James Baldwin, Vincennes Police Department photo

However, Baldwin's mugshot (above) as well as driver's license photos seem to tell the tale.

Shown here (at left), the guy looks, in both pics, to be about half a bubble off...and that's just what he pleaded on Monday, June 10, 2019.

Baldwin's plea was "guilty but mentally ill" in the little boy's killing. It's unclear whether this is the equivalent of Illinois' "open plea," whereby the judge has the discretion of throwing the book at the defendant, or whether this was negotiated after a fitness evaluation.

Whatever the case, Baldwin, according to published reports, is looking at 65 years in the death of the boy, this under Indiana law.

The sentencing might take awhile; a "pre-sentencing" hearing is the next step in the case, and that's scheduled for August 23.

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