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6-month-old Alorton girl died of suffocation, autopsy shows

Police investigating Alorton infant's death

Alorton police are investigating an infant's death. Police received a call at about 5:50 a.m. from Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville reporting the infant’s death. The infant lived 4706 McCasland Ave.
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Alorton police are investigating an infant's death. Police received a call at about 5:50 a.m. from Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville reporting the infant’s death. The infant lived 4706 McCasland Ave.

An infant died in May due to suffocation, according to autopsy results released Tuesday.

Charges were filed Monday against Kimberly A. Jenkins, the mother of 6-month-old Mariah McCorkle. Jenkins was charged with one count of endangering the life of a child causing death, St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye said.

“The autopsy showed the child died from asphyxiation, or suffocation,” Dye said.

There is an active warrant out for Jenkins’ arrest. She had not been located as of Tuesday morning. Her bail was set at $50,000.

The charging document said Jenkins, 35, was under the influence of alcohol when she fell asleep with her infant daughter on the couch with her on May 21 at a house in Alorton.

Mario McCorkle, the baby’s father, told a News-Democrat reporter that he was in the home at the time of the infant’s death. He said he was sleeping on a long couch at the couple’s residence located at 4706 McCasland Ave. and his daughter was on a shorter couch with her mother.

Neither McCorkle nor Jenkins could be reached Tuesday by a reporter.

Jenkins, at the time of the infant’s death, said when she woke up she found the girl was not breathing.

I ran to the back of the house and got my mother. We rushed her to Touchette (Hospital),” Jenkins said in May.

Jenkins said she lost another child a few years ago when the family lived in Brooklyn.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503

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