Enid Police: six-week-old found dead, parents spent night drinking
By: Jay Dillon, Senior Digital Content Manager - email
Jennifer Cannon was arrested on child neglect charges in Enid.
Mark Cannon was arrested on child neglect charges in Enid.
The Enid Police Department says a six-week-old girl is dead and her parents are in custody after investigators say the infant had signs of neglect over a long period of time.
Enid Police arrested Mark and Jennifer Cannon Thursday after they were called to the home just before 1:00 PM.
Police say they were called to the 2500 block of North Madison on a report of the infant not breathing. Emergency responders worked to keep the girl alive. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
According to police, Mark said the two were up all night drinking and got into an argument. Mark told police he took the infant and the couple's other child, a one-year-old son, with him when he went driving around.
He said when he returned home, Jennifer wasn't at the house. He said he fed the infant and put her to bed around sunrise. When he went back to check on her, he said she was cold and not breathing. That's when 911 was called.
When police were on scene, Jennifer arrived at the home and talked to investigators. She said they were up drinking and left the home separately. Police said it appeared both Mark and Jennifer were still under the influence when they spoke with them.
Investigators say the infant's health appeared to have been neglected over a long period of time.
Mark and Jennifer were arrested for child neglect and taken to the Garfield County Detention Center. The infant's body was sent to the State Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City for an autopsy.
The one year old boy was taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Services.
Police say the investigation is continuing and more charges could be filed.