Vanessa Clark. Photo Source: Angelina County Jail.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin couple charged in the death of an infant boy also lost another baby two years ago, according to an Angelina County prosecuting attorney. Prosecutors believe both deaths were the result of them sleeping with the babies.
An Angelina County grand jury indicted Mark and Vanessa Clark, both 32, with a charge of child endangerment, following the July 2010 death of their child, who was under the age of three months.
Angelina County prosecuting attorney Dale Summa said in a telephone interview Monday that Hudson Police and Child Protective Services investigated the couple two years ago after a baby died when they slept with it. No criminal charges were ever filed on that case.
Chief Jeff Burns of Hudson PD said the first child died on May 21, 2009, and the case was never brought to a grand jury because an autopsy ruled the cause of death as unknown, and police did not believe a crime was committed. The child was between the ages of four and six months, Burns said.
Summa said he could not go into details of the evidence brought to a grand jury, but that it is believed the couple intentionally and knowingly caused the baby harm.
Lufkin Police and CPS investigated the three-month-old's death.
Summa pointed out that the age of the child makes a big difference in a criminal charge.
"Sleeping with a four-year-old is very different than an infant sleeping with two adults," he said.