Woman charged with aggravated murder after baby found in freezer

Kenisha Pruitt
Kenisha Pruitt

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Lucas County grand jury brought new charges Friday against the woman originally accused of unspecified murder after the corpse of an infant was found in her east Toledo freezer on April 13.

Kenisha Pruitt, 20, now faces charges of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Pruitt could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if found guilty. The new charges are in addition to charges of unspecified murder brought directly after the body was found. A child endangering charge against Pruitt has been dropped.

Pruitt's boyfriend, Antonio Cervantes, 18, has been charged with murder but has not yet been indicted. Police say his case could be presented to a grand jury next week.

Legal expert Jerry Phillips calls that unusual.

"Typically, when you have multiple defendants believed to be involved in a single crime, they usually are all charged at the same time unless you're waiting for some specific scientific evidence to tie them into the criminal activity," said Phillips.

Police would not say why Cervantes' case was not presented to a grand jury.

"Because it's such an unusual case and it's a scientific case, they want to make sure all the evidence lines up so they can proceed with the appropriate prosecution," explained Phillips.

For now, both Pruitt and Cervantes remain locked up.

Police say Pruitt and Cervantes were moving out of the home they were renting on Paine Street in east Toledo when the owner of the home found the body.

An autopsy revealed the child was born alive, but lived less than two days. Results of a DNA test to determine if the child belonged to Pruitt and Cervantes are still pending.

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