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Published: Saturday, 12/8/2012

Baby's corpse placed in freezer; father, mother both charged; court date set for January

BLADE STAFF

The father of an infant whose body was found earlier this year in a freezer will return to court in January after his co-defendant, the baby’s mother, completes her trial, a Lucas County Common Pleas judge ruled this week.

Antonio Cervantes, 18, of 5324 Rector Dr. is charged with involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and endangering children.

Mr. Cervantes is being held in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $1.1 million bond and has another court date scheduled for Jan. 29.

Mr. Cervantes and Kenisha Pruitt, 20, each face charges in connection to the death of the infant boy, whose body was found April 13 in a freezer in an East Toledo home.

The Lucas County Coroner’s Office ruled the death a homicide, determining that, at about two days old, the boy was submerged in water and was strangled before being put into the freezer.

Ms. Pruitt, who lives at 2631 Scottwood Ave., is charged with aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.

She is in custody in lieu of $1.9 million bond pending a trial scheduled for Jan. 14.



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