Southeast Missouri Father Charged in Baby's Death

DECEMBER 13, 2006 - Posted at 11:10 a.m. CST

PERRYVILLE, MO - A 20-year-old southeast Missouri man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his nine-month-old son.

Matthew Lindsey is held on $500,000 bond after his arrest Monday in the death of his son, Robert.  Police say he admitted to the crime.

A probable-cause statement says the baby was crying Friday when Lindsey held the child's face against his chest for about five minutes until he stopped moving.

Lindsey then slept for about seven hours.  When he awoke, he discovered that his son was dead.

An autopsy is planned.

Lindsey told authorities he has an anger problem and had been upset Friday because the child's mother, his girlfriend, left to visit an ex-boyfriend.

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