Man who ‘murdered two children’ as their mum slept faces death penalty

A man arrested on suspicion of killing two children as their mother slept is facing the death penalty.

Tayten Baker, 14, and Robert Baker, 12, were found murdered inside their family’s home in Melrose, Adelaide, South Australia, in August 2020.

The children were discovered by their mother who woke to find the boys unresponsive.

Detectives found a hammer and a knife at the scene, where both boys were pronounced dead.

Within 48-hours, police arrested Mark Wilson, the partner of the children's aunt.

News4Jax reported Wilson told an unnamed witness he killed the boys because their family had been “putting stress on him.”

He allegedly said the family had threatened to report his own family to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Wilson allegedly said his initial plan was to kill the entire Baker family, including a 4-year-old who was asleep at the time of the murders.

According to an arrest affidavit, he claimed his girlfriend, the boy’s aunt, was supposed to kill the family with him.

The victims’ aunt denied the allegations and told police she would have never hurt her nephews or other family members.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach said the victims and their family had recently moved to Putnam County and allowed Wilson and his girlfriend to live in a shed on their property.

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“The Baker family did a lot to help these two individuals and, unfortunately, it ended in the brutal death of Robert and Tayten,” DeLoach said. “We’re grieving, along with the family.”

Wilson faces two counts of first-degree murder and State Attorney R.J. Larizza announced that the death penalty will be sought due to the atrociousness of the crime.

Mr Larizza said: “We believe that the capital felonies or murders were especially heinous, atrocious, and cruel.

“We believe that they were committed in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner."

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