Cheeyanna McKamey, who was only seven weeks old, has died, and officials say that Tena Cheyenne Wood and Erik Wayne McKamey are to blame.
Around 7:30 a.m. on July 19, paramedics and cops were called to the couple’s Lafayette apartment in the 1700 block of Shoshone Drive because a baby wasn’t breathing.
Cheeyana was dead when paramedics arrived. She was lying on a couch cushion on the floor.
McKamey, who is 39 years old, told cops that he changed, fed, and burped his daughter at 2 a.m. on July 19. Then he laid down on the sofa mattress with her and Wood, who was 31.
Prosecutors say that when they went to check on Cheeyana in the morning, they found her face down on the mattress and not breathing.
Prosecutors say McKamey told cops he tried CPR, but the child was too far gone to be saved.
Cheeyana died from positional asphyxiation, according to an exam. Prosecutors say it also showed that Cheeyana’s blood had illegal fentanyl in it when she died.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Parents charged with neglect resulting in death for infant's death https://t.co/hvjOFArmAz
— Journal & Courier (@jconline) April 19, 2023
Parents Charged With Neglect Resulting in Infant’s Death
Both Wood and McKamey are charged with neglect of a dependent that led to the death and neglect of the dependent.
Since both Wood and McKamey have been convicted of more than one crime, prosecutors charged both of them with being “habitual offenders” to make their sentences longer.
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