ENID, Okla. – Police discovered a six-week-old girl unresponsive in her parents’ home with apparent signs of long-term neglect including lice and untreated diaper rash.
Kadence Cannon was reportedly also covered in dirt and fecal matter.
Police received a frantic call from Kadence’s aunt on Wednesday. “I need an ambulance. My little niece is not breathing,” the aunt, who would not give her name, said in the call.
The aunt attempted to perform CPR on the infant; sadly, though, her efforts were unsuccessful, and Kadence was pronounced dead at Bass Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
When authorities arrived at the home, they determined that Kadence’s parents, 26-year-old Jennifer Cannon and 45-year-old Mark Cannon, were both under the influence of alcohol.
The parents told police that they had been up all night drinking on Tuesday, and that they had gotten into an argument. Jennifer and Mark left the home separately; Mark brought both Kadence and their one-year-old son with him.
He returned back home later and fed the baby, after which he put her in bed around sunrise on Wednesday.
Police reported that the next time Mark checked in on her, his daughter was already cold and unresponsive.
Authorities believe that as many as six-and-a-half hours passed between the time when Mark put the child down and when he next checked on her.
As Lt. Eric Holtzclaw of the Enid Police Department said, “There was evidence that the neglect had taken course over a period of time.”
Jennifer and Mark were both taken to the Garfield County Detention Center on complaints of child neglect. The one-year-old boy was taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Services.
Kadence’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The investigation is still pending. Charges will be determined in part by the autopsy report.
The child’s aunt noted that Jennifer had recently taken her daughter to a doctor for treatment, and that it didn’t seem to her that either parent did “anything wrong.”