PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A judge has ordered a Pine Bluff mother to be held without bond after her child was pronounced dead by hospital staff.
According to Regina VonTungeln, police were called to a home on South Cedar Street around 8 a.m. Monday in reference to an unresponsive 4-month-old child, named Timothy McKnight. The child was taken to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead at 10 a.m.
VonTungeln said the mother, Latasha Cannon, was taken in for questioning and later arrested for first-degree murder. She is being held without bond.
The McKnight's body has been sent to the crime lab for an autopsy but VonTungeln told THV 11 that the child appeared to be smothered.
The child's grandmother is the one who called 911. She told THV11's Max Seigle that she never saw this coming and called her grandson the "happiest baby."
Cannon is due in court Tuesday morning.