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Man Admits Smothering Infant to Keep her Quiet During Sex

December 13, 1990

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ A young man accused of killing his infant daughter admitted piling at least three blankets and a stack of college textbooks on the 14-week-old child to keep her quiet while he and his girlfriend had sex.

Muhammed Bashar, 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday in the 1989 suffocation of Jeanelle McCloskey. The death had previously been attributed to sudden infant death syndrome.

Bashar also pleaded guilty to beating in August a second daughter born to girlfriend Wendy McCloskey. Four-month-old Lila Slaughter suffered broken ribs, a broken leg and a broken ankle, police said.

Police said that that during the investigation of that child’s injuries, they became suspicious about what had happened to Jeanelle 18 months earlier.

Bashar could get up to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison at sentencing in January.

″I had just come from college and me and Wendy was discussing what I planned to accomplish and what my goals were when we began to engage in a sexual act,″ he said. ″I placed several college books and three blankets on her tail bone to keep her from annoying us and disturbing us during the act.″

When the couple realized the baby wasn’t breathing, Bashar said, he tried to revive her, then got on his knees to pray. He then called 911.

Police said the books weighed at least 11 pounds.

Authorities said it was not known what role Bashar’s 20-year-old girlfriend played in the child’s death.

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