Court records: Father of missing girl admits to putting pillow over her face to muffle her cries

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Jeffrey Fairbanks Credit: Fox 59

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The father of a 3-month-old infant is facing murder charges after she was reported missing in May.

According to Fox 59, the child’s mother said that her boyfriend, James Fairbanks, was supposed to take care of 3-month-old Janna Rivera while she was at work.

When she came home, Janna was gone.

Fairbanks reportedly told her that the “baby was dead,” saying he buried her in a cornfield.

However, when police confronted him, he allegedly said that he didn’t know where Janna could be found.

According to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office,  Fairbanks eventually admitted to putting a pillow over the baby’s face to muffle her cries.

Fox 59 says that a child told investigators that she remembered hearing Janna crying around noon.

A short time later, Fairbanks took the baby to the car and left.

“I picked her up and she wasn’t movin’ anymore,” he told the detective. “I wanna get on with my life.”

Investigators have not found the baby’s remains, but they did discover a blanket that belonged to Janna in a landfill.

Fairbanks is now facing charges of murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

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