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Coroner: Baby found dead in east Toledo freezer was born alive

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – The Lucas County Coroner's Office has released the results of an autopsy on the infant found dead in an east Toledo couple's freezer.

According to the report, the baby boy was born alive and at full-term. The coroner said the infant's body appears to be that of a newborn baby.

"It's just one of those cases that takes you back in your chair shaking your head thinking how could something like this happen?" said Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department.

The coroner did not determine a cause of death, as toxicology and microscopic analysis tests are not yet complete and could take weeks. The baby's identity must be determined by DNA analysis, which could take at least a month. 

"We wont know positively, scientifically if this baby is the child of the two we have in custody on the child endangering charges until those tests come back," explained Heffernan.

Kenisha Pruitt, 20, and Antonio Cervantes, 18, the couple who lived in the home where the infant's body was found, have both been charged with child endangering.

Police said the couple was moving out of the house Friday when the landlord found the infant's body in a freezer. It is still unclear if the death was an accident or malicious.

The case is being investigated as a homicide by the Toledo Police. Additional charges against Pruitt and Cervantes could follow. Investigators are working to uncover any other evidence about what happened.

"The range of charges could go anywhere from abuse of a corpse to some type of manslaughter or negligent homicide, all the way up to aggravated murder," said Heffernan.

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