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An autopsy on an infant found in a freezer in an East Toledo home, completed by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office, shows that the infant had been born alive.

Steve Kahle, coroner investigator, said the male infant, found at 116 Paine St., is being identified as “Baby Doe.”

“The infant is a baby boy that appears to be a newborn, full-term and born alive,” Kahle said. “The identity of the infant is not confirmed and must be determined by DNA analysis.”

The cause of death has not been determined, Kahle said, adding that the coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology and microscopic analysis.

On Saturday, April 14, Kenisha L. Pruitt, 20, of 2631 Scottwood Ave. and Antonio M. Cervantes, 18, of 5324 Rector Dr., were arrested after the couple’s landlord reported finding the infant’s body.

Pruitt and Cervantes are being held in the Lucas County Jail on charges of child endangerment. They were arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court on Monday, April 16. Bond was set at $1 million each.

In a Toledo Municipal Court affidavit, Detective Lawrence Anderson stated that “the infant was found in the freezer dead and frozen solid. The infant had appeared to be a full term birth.”

According to the affidavit, family members said that Ms. Pruitt was believed to have been pregnant in November of 2011 with no birth reported.

Pruitt and Cervantes had occupied the home since November, 2011. The couple was in the process of moving out, according to the affidavit. The affidavit further stated that no other adults were known to occupy the house.

The Toledo Police are currently investigating the case as a homicide.

Sergeant Joe Heffernan, a spokesman for the Toledo Police Department, said whenever a death occurs and there has not been a ruling as to the cause of death, detectives consider it a homicide investigation.

“We are currently working the case from two ends,” Heffernan said. “From the coroner’s office end, we are waiting to get more information. When they get the results and we have a cause of death, we can move on with our case. We are also out investigating this case from other angles. If and when we get enough information, and if the prosecutor believes we have enough evidence, additional charges may be brought. At this point, we don’t have that.”

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. on April 23.




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