was 20 years old at the time, is said to have given birth to a
beautiful baby girl on February 9, 2011. This baby was to be a
sibling to a 14 month old child who was the child of Kenisha and her
boyfriend, Antonio Cervantes, who was 18 at the time. The 14 month old
child was not living with the couple, relatives were taking care of
When the couple moved out of their home, the landlord was cleaning the
house on April 13, 2012 and found a package in the freezer. What Irene
Gonzalez found in the package was shocking to her and everyone else.
Police were called when Irene started to open the package and saw an
arm. The baby appeared to have been full term, though it was not sure
how old the child really was and police were not immediately sure if
this was the child Kenisha had given birth to in February. As it turns
out, it was not. In April of 2012, the baby found in the freezer, was a
boy and Police reports say that the child had died on or about January
30, 2012 and that this baby had been in some way assaulted, causing his
Initially, the couple was charged with child endangering and
their bond was set at $1 million dollars each.
After their arraignment, the charge was changed to murder and the bonds
remained the same. Police were
not willing to discuss the evidence found against these two monsters:
only thing we can really say at this time is that we're continuing
to investigate this crime
and, as the investigation continues and we
get more information, we're keeping in constant
contact with the
prosecutors. At this point, the
prosecutor has determined that we have
enough evidence to go ahead and
charge what are believed to be the parents with the
crime of murder. We're not prepared to discuss any of the evidence
right now, partially
because it's not all in from the coroner's office"
Sgt. Joe Heffernan
Family members old
police that Kenisha had been pregnant in November of 2011, though there
a birth recorded for that child. Police said that this baby seems to
have been a full term baby. And autopsy
would reveal if the child had been born alive or not. Dr Cynthia
Beisser, Deputy Lucas County Coroner said:
"There's evidence that
the baby breathed. You can tell by looking at the lungs"
A cause of death would not be possible until the toxicology reports
"With children like
this, I always wait for all of the testing to come back because
you see things
microscopically that you don't see at the gross autopsy table"
DNA tests were performed:
"We believe that they
are the parents of the child, but until we get DNA confirmation back
we won't know
Sgt. Joe Heffernan
Police moved forward with murder charges
before the tests were complete:
"As time's going on and
we're getting more evidence, we're keeping in constant contact with
the prosecutor's office
and the decision was made today to go ahead and take the next step
forward, which is to
charge them with the murder charges"
Sgt. Joe Heffernan
Cervantes said that
he was not aware if Kenisha had been pregnant with the child that
was found in the
freezer. Joe said that Antonio had struggled with school when he was
younger, however, he
had been doing much
better in his senior year and had just graduated:
need answers. There are a lot of
questions that need answered. He loves his daughter.
is an awesome big brother. I think
that once they found out there were having a baby
got on the right path. As far as
being a father, it has been his
On June 25, 2012
Nancy Grace had a show
about this baby. Police said that the body had to be thawed out in
order to do an autopsy. It was discovered that the baby had been born
at a maximum of two days before it had been found in the freezer. The
baby was born, then strangled and placed in a bucket of
water to be sure he was dead. Wrapped in Saran wrap, then in a towel
and stuck in the freezer, it wasn't clear
if the baby was even dead when he was stuck in the freezer.
DNA tests confirmed
that Kenisha and
Antonio were the biological
parents of the baby. Kenisha was held on
charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence and
her trial date was set for August 6, 2012. Antonio had not yet been
June 2012 Headline Read:
Ohio Baby Found Dead In Freezer Gets Proper Burial Thanks To Donors
Ohio -- A newborn
found dead in an apartment freezer in northwest Ohio is being honored
at a public burial service made possible by donations.
The Blade in
Toledo ( http://bit.ly/MRQhop ) reports a man offered a burial plot
that his family had in a memorial park after hearing about the
homicide. Thomas Griesinger of Delta says he thought the newborn
deserved a burial "in a dignified place."
A funeral home, a
flower shop and the memorial park donated services for the Tuesday
A coroner has said
the boy was born alive and was strangled and dunked in water. A
landlord found the body in April while cleaning out a rental property
parents have been charged in his death.
The newspaper says
his maternal grandmother named the boy Alex.
The child, now named Alex Michael Cervantes by Leonya Williams, his
maternal grandmother, is receiving a memorial service made possible by
donations from local residents and organizations.
Thomas J. Griesinger, 53, offered a burial plot in his family's
possession at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park."This child deserved to be
buried in a dignified place," he said.
Mr. Griesinger said he
became interested in helping provide a burial
after first hearing of the infant's death. He helped coordinate the
donations made by various organizations.
The burial plot belongs
to Mr. Griesinger's family, but he said the
space probably would have gone unused if he had not volunteered it.
The infant's body was
held by the Lucas County Coroner's Office until
Monday, when it was turned over to the Wick-Wisniewski Funeral Home,
which donated a casket for the funeral and helped with burial plans.
David Czerniak, the
funeral home's director, said he agreed to help
after being approached by Mr. Griesinger, whom he has known for many
Deacon Willie Sawyer on
the left, Deaconess Eloise Elliot on the right of Abundant Life
Mary Angel, Alex's paternal grandmother at his grave site with her son
of 2012 the funeral of Alex took place. Two men carried the small,
white casket as family members grieved and prepared to say good bye to
a child they never got a chance to know. Family and strangers cried
during the public service as Deacon Willie Sawyer of the Abundant Life
Ministries let them all know that Alex was now an Angel, in Heaven with
God. Deacon Sawyer spoke out against child abuse:
"There are children out
there being abused and children out there are suffering.
We cannot let them
suffer by themselves. Let's not be quiet any more. If you
know someone is
suffering, let us not be silent any more"
One woman, a relative of Kenisha, stood and kissed the tiny casket
before leaving. Mary Angel said thanked those who came together to make
this funeral happen:
"I'm glad they were supportive about the situation. I'm glad the baby
Thomas J. Griesinger spoke up and said:
"The day I saw it on
the news, I decided that the guy need some place to be
laid to rest. This
child deserved to be buried in a dignified place"
Thomas has spoken to Deacon Sawyer about officiating at the service:
approached me with such compassion for the little baby. It just
says to me that we a as
community, need to draw together to protect our children"
Deacon Willie Sawyer
Friends of Kenisha and Antonio were at the service to show their
support for the families and others showed up to show support for a
stance against child abuse.
A new trial date was set
for October of 2012
In February of 2013, Kenisha was convicted of aggravated manslaughter
sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after only
20 years. In April of 2013, Antonio Cervantes, having plead guilty to
involuntary manslaughter, tampering with a corpse, abusing a corpse and
endangering a child, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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