The mother of a 19-month-old Monticello girl who suffered blunt force trauma likely will face first-degree murder charges in connection with the child’s death, according to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton.
Kannika Jenkins, 26, of Monticello, formerly of Dumas, was arrested Wednesday after a month-long investigation revealed that child’s August 30 death was allegedly a homicide and she suffered blunt force trauma to the torso area.
On August 30, Jenkins took her daughter to Drew Memorial Hospital where the child died shortly after arrival. Following several interviews and upon receipt of information from the State Crime Lab, District Judge Bruce Anderson issued a bench warrant for Jenkins’ arrest.
Jenkins is suspected of first-degree murder. The case is still under investigation and the particulars of the child’s death are not fully known. Jenkins may face additional charges, according to Deaton.