Robert James Burnette, 22, of Wentzville, was sentenced today to serve 26 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Court records state that in the fall of 2016 Burnette (who was 19 years old at the time) shook his six-week-old son, slammed him face down onto a bed and held him there, and then shoved his fingers down the infant’s throat to stop him from crying. Police also said that Megan Hendricks, the infant’s mother, was aware of the abuse and lied to doctors about the baby’s injuries in order to protect Burnette. Both parents were arrested and charged with child abuse/neglect.
The infant, who was named Jaxon, died on November 29, 2016 at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital after life support was discontinued.
Burnette entered a guilty plea in August 2018. A jury trial that had been scheduled was cancelled at that time.
Burnette’s co-defendant Megan Hendricks, 22, also of Wentzville, is scheduled for sentencing on February 15. Hendricks also pleaded guilty to abuse or neglect of child resulting in death.
Thirty years is the maximum sentence allowed by law.