SALINA, Kan. -- UPDATE: The man accused of killing a baby in Salina late last week tried to plead guilty during his first court appearance.
In Saline County court this morning, 27-year-old Nicholas Jordan Corbin and 20-year-old Desirah Nichole Overturf were formally charged with first degree murder and child abuse.
Police were called to the couple's home around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday after a 3-month-old boy was pronounced dead. Corbin and Overturf were booked into jail the next morning.
During the hearing, the judge asked Corbin if he wanted a court-appointed attorney. Corbin refused and said, "I'm going to spend the rest of my life in prison, so I might as well plead guilty and get it over with."
The judge said he needed a lawyer, and appointed attorneys for both Corbin and Overturf. They're scheduled to be back in court on January 16.
Bond for the couple is set at $1 million each.
A baby is dead and a Salina couple is in custody for his murder.
Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Salina police officers and firefighters were sent to a home in the 1200 block of Augusta Street in regards to an unresponsive child. KSAL Radio reported that the child was a three-month-old boy. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police now say they are investigating his death as a homicide.
Friday morning, 27-year-old Nicholas Jordan Corbin and 20-year-old Desirah Nichole Overturf were booked into the Saline County Jail on charges of first degree murder, child abuse and aggravated endangering a child.
An autopsy was completed Friday afternoon but results are pending. Formal charges have not yet been filed.
Police did not say whether the people arrested were the child's parents. But numerous friends of the family tell KAKE news the baby was their child.
Salina's Christina Murphy says she stopped by the home just hours before police were called. She says Nick Corbin had posted in a Facebook group, he had some children's building blocks to give away. At her mother's request, she went to pick those blocks up at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.
"I knocked on the door and from the outside it didn't look like any lights were on inside," Murphy said in a telephone interview Friday night. "A man answered the door and it was just cracked open enough to stick his face out so I could see who he was."
The pregnant mother of three says that seemed strange.
"He seemed nervous about something," Murphy said. "Most houses I go to for my mom, they are welcoming, open the door wide open. He barely opened it all."
She did not see a baby or anyone else.
She says now that she's heard the allegations against the man she met and his fiancé, she's very upset.
"If I would have known that something was wrong, I possibly could have done something to call the cops, but I had completely no idea," Murphy said.
Other Facebook users of Salina area Facebook groups say they feel the same way.
They say Nick Corbin posted December 21st asking if anyone had any baby food they didn't need.
In the post, Corbin says, "I can't feed my son formula at the moment, so I have to feed him baby jars and plastic container foods."
But they say at the time, they had no reason to think much more of it.
The Salina Police Department is asking citizens with information regarding this investigation to call (785) 826-7210.