Mother arrested in infant’s death Monday

A 4-month-old infant was pronounced dead Monday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and police are treating the case as a homicide.

Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said the infant’s mother, Latasha Cannon, 22, had been interviewed and allegedly admitted lying on the baby and suffocating him. Cannon is being held on probable cause of first-degree murder pending a court hearing and the filing of formal charges by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the infant as Timothy McKnight, who was pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m. in the hospital’s emergency room.

Kelley said the body would be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy Monday to determine cause and manner of death.

The incident occurred at 6009 S. Cedar St., according to police spokeswoman Regina VonTungeln, who said in a press release that officers responded to the house at about 8 a.m. after emergency dispatchers received a call about an unresponsive infant.

The death is the 12th homicide so far this year in Jefferson County and the ninth inside the Pine Bluff city limits.

Because the investigation into the infant’s death is continuing, police did not release any additional information.