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Tobin Phillips pleads not guilty to killing girlfriend's baby, returns to court January 26

Man in court for killing girlfriend's baby
Man in court for killing girlfriend's baby
Posted at 10:41 AM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-13 11:39:24-05

UPDATE (Jan. 12, 2017, 4 p.m.): Tobin Phillips pleaded not guilty and will be back in court on January 26.

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20-year-old Tobin Phillips will be in court today, Thursday, January 12, 2017, for his involvement in the murder of his girlfriend's eight-month-old baby boy.

On January 2, 2017, Kern County Sheriff's deputies were called to Cherry Lane in Tehachapi, just east of Tucker Road, for a homicide investigation. When they arrived, they found the baby boy dead inside.

Phillips told investigators that he tried to get the baby to stop crying by covering his face with a pillow. Court documents state that Phillips even sat on the pillow before he swung the boy back and forth, causing him to hit his head on a metal futon.

Tobin is being charged with first-degree murder and assault of a child under 8, resulting in death. Both charges are felonies.