Anderson couple to be arraigned for allegedly murdering their infant

Dec 31, 2014 8:25 PM

A disturbing, heart-wrenching story out of Anderson -- a couple is arrested for allegedly beating their baby to death.
Anderson police were called to the 1900-block of Mill Street Saturday morning for a child having trouble breathing.

The young mother and father were arrested Tuesday afternoon outside their apartment complex, and today neighbors spoke out for the first time.

"I'm just sick to my stomach."
"I'm kinda shocked, you don't hear that everyday."

Redding Police Investigators were just as shocked when they learned 20-year old Cynthia McBroom and her husband 22-year old Robert McBroom assaulted their three-month-old baby to death.

According to neighbors, it was a baby boy named Aiden.

Police say the baby was flown to UC Davis Medical Center after having trouble breathing -- he died there Monday afternoon.
A neighbor living one door down said she became ill when she heard about the death.

"I mean it happened right there, it gives me the heebie jeebies."

According to police, doctors said the injuries Aiden had clearly showed child abuse.

"I just can't fathom...I can't do you?"

Redding police investigators found the McBroom couple had assaulted the infant on two different occasions over the past week.

"Both parents separately told us what they had done to inflict injury upon the child."

Sgt. Todd Cogle declined to go into detail about how the couple abused their infant, but said the injuries to Aiden were severe.

Inside the McBroom's purple Saturn is Aiden's car seat -- a painful reminder to neighbors who still can't believe he's gone.

"People like that shouldn't live in prison...they should get lethal injection or the electric chair."

The couple's two-year old daughter is now in protective custody by Shasta County.
Police are investigating whether she was also abused.
Neighbors say the couple often kept to themselves, but seemed off.
The McBrooms remain inside the Shasta County jail on one-million dollars bail each -- they will be arraigned inside Shasta County Superior Court Friday afternoon.


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