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Police are on the lookout for 35-year-old Kimberly A. Jenkins after an autopsy released Tuesday revealed her daughter, six-month-old Mariah McCorkle, suffocated. (Credit: KMOV) Police are on the lookout for 35-year-old Kimberly A. Jenkins after an autopsy released Tuesday revealed her daughter, six-month-old Mariah McCorkle, suffocated. (Credit: KMOV)
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Thirty-five-year-old Kimberly A. Jenkins is in custody after an autopsy released Tuesday revealed her daughter, 6-month-old Mariah McCorkle, suffocated.

Detectives with the St. Clair County Child Death Task Force said the infant died on May 21 at the family's home on the 4700 block of McCasland Avenue in Alorton.

Investigators said Jenkins was intoxicated while sleeping on the couch with the baby, eventually rolling on top of her. 

"We have a duty to protect children as we do any citizen," said St. Clair County States Attorney Brendan Kelly.

Jenkins has been charged with one count of endangering the life of a child causing death, a Class 3 Felony carrying up to a 5-year sentence.

As of Tuesday night, Jenkins hadn't turned herself into police, despite an active warrant for her arrest with a bail set at $50,000. She was reportedly taken into custody Thursday morning.

"These cases can be difficult and hard to distinguish sometimes between what is an accident and what may be criminal," said Kelly.

"She used to laugh, smile, crawl around, pull on my face and ears, just beautiful," said Mario McCorkle

Mario McCorkle is the infant's father, just days after his daughter's passing, he told News 4 the couple lost another child a few years prior.

"The information of a death of a child earlier could be evidence that's relevant in this case," said Kelly.

"The baby's gone, it hurts, we can't bring that baby back," said Vernon Clay. 

Clay, an Alorton native who knows the McCorkle family, urged Jenkins to turn herself into police.

"Sweetheart, wherever you're at, don't do anything bad to yourself," said Clay. "Turn yourself in sweetie."

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