Baby Rowan Cannette Found Dead with Signs of Abuse, Parents Will Not be Charged
The US parents of a boy found dead with cigarette burns on his feet and bite marks on his face will not be charged with anything over his death.
One-year-old Rowan Cannette was found dead in his Harrison County, Missouri home after accidentally becoming trapped between a couch and a wall and suffocating, the Sun Herald reports.
Investigators discovered after his death that Rowan showed signs of abuse, including cigarette burns on his feet, bite marks on his face, and bruises on his face and back.
His father Thomas Cannette and girlfriend Cassandra Lopresto, both 27, will not face charges over the baby’s death. It’s understood the pair were asleep when Rowan died.
“There’s nothing in the investigation that shows they caused his death,” Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson told the Sun Herald.
Cannette and Lopresto were, however, both charged with three counts of felony child abuse relating to their surviving children.
The charges relate to drugs and drug paraphernalia found in the home, as well as tests conducted on the surviving kids.
Cannette’s son and Lopresto’s daughter, both from previous relationships, also showed signs of abuse including bruises and cigarette burns.
Tests on the two children showed they had ingested methamphetamine, according to county prosecuting attorney Herman Cox.
“Meth got into their bloodstreams, and the expert who performed the test said the only way that can happen is through ingestion, not by being present when meth is smoked.”
Cannette and Lopresto are now both facing 30 years in prison for the felony child abuse charges.
It’s not the first time Cannette has been up on charges relating to child abuse. He was convicted of misdemeanor child neglect in 2017.
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