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Kristina Aksman Found with Boyfriend Daniel Baker; Baker Charged with Her Mother's Murder

Daniel Baker (Glacier County Police Dept.)

Daniel Baker (Glacier County Police Dept.)

HELENA, Mont. (CBS/AP) Twenty-year-old, reportedly mentally-handicapped woman Kristina Aksman and Daniel Baker, the man suspected of bludgeoning Kristina's mother to death, have been found.

PICTURES: Kristina Aksman & Daniel Baker

The hunt for Kristina and Baker began April 1 when Vernon Hills police found 50-year-old Marina Aksman beaten to death in her Illinois home. However, her daughter, Kristina, and Kristina's boyfriend, Daniel Baker were nowhere to

Kristina Aksman (Personal Photo)
be found. Authorities believed that the pair fled the scene hours after the slaying in Kristina's 2009 silver Nissan Rogue.

After days on the run, authorities caught up with the pair on Monday night in Montana.

A Glacier County Sheriff's Office Deputy observed the couple's vehicle traveling 84 mph in a 70 mph zone. When the deputy attempted to stop the car for a routine traffic violation, a pursuit ensued, according to CBS affiliate WBBM.

PICTURES: Kristina Aksman & Daniel Baker

The deputies finally caught up to them and took Baker, 21, and Kristina into custody.

Baker was charged with various criminal infractions, but in an effort to expedite the extradition process, all charges stemming from the crimes committed in the County of Glacier in Montana have been dismissed, says WBBM.

Based on evidence developed during the investigation, the Lake County State's Attorney's office charged Baker with three counts of first-degree murder. He will be transported to Illinois to face charges stemming from the Vernon Hills homicide that occurred April 1, says WBBM

The daughter of the victim, Kristina, is in the protective custody of Detectives from the Lake County Major Crimes Task Forces, and will be also transported back to Illinois.  Police say Kristina does not face any criminal charges right now, but is being held as a witness.

MEDIAPICTURES: Kristina Aksman & Daniel Baker

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