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Enid couple are jailed after infant's death

Mark and Jennifer Cannon were arrested Thursday afternoon by Enid police after their 6-week-old daughter was found dead inside their home
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: May 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014

— An infant’s death led to the arrest of an Enid couple Wednesday, authorities said.

Enid police said they arrested Mark Cannon, 45, and Jennifer Cannon, 26, on complaints of child neglect after their 6-week-old daughter was found unresponsive Wednesday afternoon.

According to a news release from police, the couple told officers they had been up drinking all night and got into an argument. Mark Cannon told officers he took the baby and the couple’s 1-year-old son and left their house, 2529 N Madison St., to go for a drive. He came back to the house and put the baby down to sleep about sunrise, the news release states.

Mark Cannon told police he checked on the baby about six hours later and found her cold and not breathing.

In a 911 recording released by police, a woman can be heard crying and pleading for help because the child is not breathing. In the recording, the dispatcher tries to give the woman directions on how to administer CPR until emergency crews arrive at the house.

Emergency medical responders took the baby to an Enid hospital, but were unable to revive her.

Police said investigators determined the child had been neglected over a long period of time.

The child’s body was sent to the state medical examiner to determine the cause of death. The couple’s 1-year-old son was taken into protective custody by the state Department of Human Services, police said.

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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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