One-year-old found dead behind a sofa was abused and left unattended by drug-addict couple

Deputies from Harrison County reportedly visited Thomas Cannette and his girlfriend Cassandra Lopresto's home on December 3 after getting a call about an unresponsive child


                            One-year-old found dead behind a sofa was abused and left unattended by drug-addict couple

A 27-year-old man and a woman were arrested on Tuesday after a one-year-old died in their care and two other children at their house showed signs of abuse, according to reports. The child's father, identified as Thomas Cannette, and his girlfriend, Cassandra Lopresto, were both reportedly slapped with three counts of felony child neglect.

Deputies from Harrison County reportedly visited the duo's home on December 3 after getting a call about an unresponsive child. The authorities rushed the child to a Biloxi hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities, while investigating the circumstances surrounding the child's death, found out that the boy was left unattended for a long period of time and was eventually found by the couple behind a sofa in their house, according to WLOX.

Sheriff's deputies while describing the inside of the couple's home said that the condition of the house was "deplorable," which made them contact the Department of Human Services as there were two other children living in the house. The DHS eventually took the children into custody.



 

Investigators reportedly said that there were obvious signs of abuse and neglect on the children, including on the two- and three-year-old found in the house. Reports state that the one-year-old who died and the two-year-old boy were Canette's children while the three-year-old girl was Lopresto's daughter.

Officials also found drug paraphernalia in the couple's home while investigating the child's death and arrested the duo shortly after. 

The couple were reportedly booked into Harrison County Adult Detention Center while the authorities waited for the results from the medical examiner on the cause of the child's death. Examiners also evaluated the extent of injuries inflicted on the other two children.

Authorities said that according to an autopsy from the state medical examiner's office, there were obvious signs of abuse on the one-year-old. The investigator's report stated that the child became trapped behind the sofa and died of asphyxiation.

The duo is being held in prison on a $750,000 bond each.