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Prosecutor Seeks Life For IN Man Charged With Choking Son, 5

A prosecutor is seeking life in prison without parole for a southwestern Indiana man charged with fatally choking his 5-year-old son.

Knox County Prosecutor Dirk Carnahan filed his intent to seek the sentence Thursday against 53-year-old Robert J. Baldwin of Vincennes. Baldwin faces charges of murder, strangulation and domestic battery in the slaying of the boy, who died Thursday morning at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis.

An affidavit says 53-year-old Robert J. Baldwin of Vincennes told investigators he first tried to smother Gabriel Baldwin with a pillow Tuesday, then choked the boy using a USB cord. The Evansville Courier & Press reports Baldwin told them he then sat on the boy until he stopped breathing.

Police say Baldwin called 911 Tuesday afternoon and told dispatchers he had "killed his son." He remained at his residence until officers arrived.

It wasn't immediately clear what triggered the attack. Court records say Baldwin planned the attack in advance for a time when his other children would be away.

Carnahan says the Baldwin first beat the boy and then choked him.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Baldwin who might comment on the case.

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