Two people were arrested Saturday afternoon after the discovery of an infant’s dead body Friday night in a freezer in the East Toledo house they formerly rented, police said.
Kenisha Pruitt, 20, now of 2631 Scottwood Ave., and Antonio Cervantes, 18, of 5324 Rector St., are charged with child endangerment and were booked into the Lucas County jail pending arraignments in Toledo Municipal Court Monday morning.
Sgt. Joe Heffernan, a Toledo police spokesman, said more charges were possible against the pair once an autopsy is performed on the female infant’s body.
Authorities said the landlord, identified in county records as Irene Gonzalez, was cleaning the house at 116 Paine Ave. after renters had moved out, and found the frozen corpse in a freezer. The woman reportedly called police immediately.
Officers were sent to the house at 8 p.m. Friday, and remained on the scene until about 3 a.m., a neighbor reported. Ms. Gonzalez, who was in the back yard at the house on Saturday afternoon, declined to comment.
Sergeant Heffernan said he did not know the infant’s approximate age, other than to describe her as “very young.”
According to the court affidavit signed by Toledo police Detective Lawrence Anderson, Ms. Pruitt and Mr. Cervantes had lived together at 116 Paine starting in November and “were currently in the process of moving out,” with no other adults known to have lived there during the ensuing time.
Family members told police Ms. Pruitt was believed in November to be pregnant, but no birth was ever reported, the detective wrote. The baby “appeared to have been a full-term birth,” the affidavit said.