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July 10, 2014

Autopsy on girl reveals little information

ENID, Okla. — The cause and manner of death of a 6-week-old girl who died May 14 both are unclear.

An autopsy report from the state Medical Examiner’s office for Kadence Cannon lists the probable cause of death as “undetermined” and the manner of death as “unknown.”

The report also indicates tests for alcohol or drugs in the baby’s system were negative.

The report was prepared by Dr. Inas Yacoub,

The baby’s parents, Jennifer and Mark Cannon, were arrested after 44-day-old Kadence was found dead at their home, 2529 N. Madison.

Jennifer and Mark both were charged with child neglect. Jennifer also was charged with enabling child abuse, and Mark was charged with a count of child abuse.

According to the affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department received a 911 call at 12:56 p.m. May 14, 2014, reporting an unresponsive child at 2529 N. Madison.

The child was identified as Kadence Cannon and was transported by Life EMS to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center. Kadence was pronounced dead at 1:31 p.m.

Emergency Room physician Dr. Steven Mareburger said Kadence’s admission temperature was 90 degrees and estimated Kadence had been dead about four hours.

Detective Sgt. Bryan Hart went to Bass after Kadence was transported.

Hart reported the child had dirt in every crevice of her body, including under her toenails, and what appeared to be fecal matter and urine in the folds of her upper legs. Hart also noted Kadence had “severe, bloody, untreated diaper rash and appeared to have lice.”

Detective John Robinson spoke with Mark Cannon when he arrived at the house on Madison.

Mark said he had been up all night drinking with Jennifer, and they got into a verbal argument. Mark said he put Kadence and their 1-year-old son into the car and drove around for awhile to get away from the fight. Mark said when he returned home Jennifer was gone.

Mark told Robinson he fed Kadence and put her to sleep in a bed, propping her on a pillow. Mark said he did this around sunrise, which on May 14 was 6:24 a.m. Mark said he did not check on Kadence until he found her pale and cold, and he called 911.

Robinson notes in the affidavit nearly six and a half hours had passed.

Jennifer returned to the residence after being called about the situation and corroborated Mark’s story. Jennifer said she went to her mother’s house, adding Mark had the children when she left.

Child neglect is punishable by up to life in prison and/or a fine of $500 to $5,000. Child abuse and enabling child abuse both are punishable by up to life in prison or up to a year in county jail and a fine of $500 to $5,000.

Jennifer last appeared in district court for a bond appearance June 30. Records indicate she has not retained counsel. She was ordered to return to court July 21 for another bond appearance.

Mark appeared July 7 in district court without an attorney. Records show he has not retained an attorney. He was ordered to return to court Aug. 18 for another bond appearance.

Both are being held in lieu of $600,000 bond.

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