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Florissant Man Pleads Guilty to Murder of 3-Year-Old Boy

Florissant police arrested Zach Cook last year for child abuse of the three year old, who later died due to his injuries.

Tuesday, a Florissant man pled guilty to the murder of a 3-year old boy from a 2011 crime.

Zachary Cook pled guilty to second-degree murder as well as abuse of a child, resulting in death, according to court records.

(To see previous coverage of Cook, check out, "Florissant Man Gets New Court Date in Murder Case.")

On May 5, 2011, police responded to a report of an injury to a child in the 2400 block of Blue Heron in Florissant. The child suffered a head injury and was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he died from his injuries on May 8.

Cook was originally charged with felony child abuse. The police investigation revealed that the child sustained the injuries after being shaken, the Florissant Police Department said.

The 3-year-old as well as another young child was in the care of Cook at the time of the incident, according to the Florissant Police Department.

According to KSDK, Cook will be sentenced in November.

Matthew Ingmire September 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Went to high school with him and even back then he had a mean streak in him. Now of course some will say he'd never hurt a fly which is true since it was a lil boy he killed.
E. Holloway September 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Put this worthless POS away for good.
K September 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM
This is the kind of person I'd like to see in a prison but not in a cell. Just leave him in the yard or somewhere where everyone else could get to him. He wouldn't last a day.
C.P.A October 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM
funny shit bro, hope i never see you in person, or ill be visiting my best friend

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