Jacksonville child who died had adult bite marks on her body, JSO report says

Jacksonville, Florida

This story was originally published on Oct. 22, 2018

An arrest report for two people at the center of a child death investigation said that the victim had four adult human bite marks on her body.

Michelle Cannimore and Jonte Harris are in the Duval County Jail, charged with child abuse (Cannimore) and aggravated battery on a child using a deadly weapon (Harris).

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Multiples sources tell Action News Jax that 5-year-old Zykerria Robinson is the the child at the center the child abuse death investigation at Oak Tree Apartments.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report says that the girl was found unresponsive and unconscious in a Jacksonville home.

The officer wrote that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to the couple’s home:

“… of Michelle Cannimore (co-defendant) and Jonte Harris (suspect) due to the victim being found unresponsive and unconscious in the home. Cannimore informed detectives that she sent the victim to the bathroom after she "wet" herself.

A short time later, she heard a "thud" in the bathroom and when she went in to check on the victim, she found her unresponsive in the bathtub facedown in the water."

Cannimore called 911 and the victim was transported to the hospital by Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) with life threatening injuries…. ”

According to the arrest report, Harris admitted the previous story about the victim falling in the bathtub was a lie fabricated to protect him.

The injured child was left on a couch for hours because the suspects were worried about the legal and criminal repercussions, the report said.

The arrest report also said that the victim had multiple injuries throughout her body in multiple stages of healing, which is indicative of long-term abuse.

DCF told Action News Jax in a statement Saturday that the child had died, and the family “has a history with the child welfare system.”

Neighbors said they feared abuse in the home and and believed they could hear screams coming from the apartment.

“I would hear that and I was like 'What's going on?'" a neighbor said.

DCF tells Action News Jax tell they’re processing our requests for the family’s prior involvement records.