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Book written about Corrine Baker titled "I Didn't Kill My Baby"

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(03/05/13) - It is sure to stir emotion. The author of a book about Corrine Baker and dedicated to Dominick Calhoun, said it will be released on the third anniversary of the little boy's death.

"I just felt compelled that her story needed to be told," said author Laura Ouellette. The book is titled "I Didn't Kill My Baby."

Baker and her former boyfriend Brandon Hayes are both in prison for Dominick's horrific beating death April of 2010 in Genesee County's Argentine Township. Police and prosecutor say he was tortured and beaten over a period of days.

Dominick was just four years old. His older brother witnessed the abuse.

Ouellette said she worked at the Fenton church where Dominick's funeral was held and met Baker the day of Dominick's funeral.  She said she, and a few others, helped Baker attend the funeral unnoticed and met with her after. Baker had not yet been charged.

"Ministered to her for a few hours in the afternoon, shared the love of Christ with her and led her to Jesus that day," Ouellette said in a phone interview Tuesday morning.

Ouellette said she and Baker became friends. They talked on the phone, wrote letters and Ouellette last visited Baker in prison before she moved from Michigan to Colorado in September.

"I always think, with understanding comes compassion. I think if people understood the whole life leading up to Dominick's death, there possibly could come some understanding," Ouellette said.

Ouellette said Baker has been fighting from a young age, fighting addiction and then also fought to keep Dominick alive. 

A description of the book, online, even includes a quote from Baker -  "If my story can help another mother and child get free from a life of victimization and abuse, then I believe there's a purpose, I'm still alive, and something good can come from all of this madness and heartache. Maybe I can help someone from making the same bad choices I did."

Baker pleaded guilty to second degree murder and second degree child abuse.

She testified at Brandon Hayes' trial last year, admitting she could have and should have done more. Baker knew her son was hurt, but did not get help for him.

At sentencing, she said she'd made horrible choices her whole life.

"And those horrible choices were paid for with the death of my son," Baker said Feb. 27, 2012.

ABC12 asked Ouellette why Baker didn't try to get help for Dominick?

"It has to do with the whole life, the patterns of her whole life. I feel like the answer to that was found there," Ouellette said. "The book is basically about God's forgiveness and mercy and even us helping forgive ourselves."

Ouellette said she intends to use some of the profits to help women like Baker and possibly women transitioning out of prison.

It's not clear if the intent is for Baker to be paid.

It appears the book is available online already, but Ouellette said Tuesday it won't be ready until next month. See link to book HERE.

There is a petition drive aimed at getting the book pulled. See it HERE.

Dominick's grandfather Rick Calhoun declined comment when contacted Tuesday.

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