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Both parents involved in Grampian child death now sentenced

Clearfield, PA – Both people involved in the death of a baby girl in 2020 have now been sentenced.

24-year-old Dakota Canfield from Grampian, the father of the infant, was the latest to be sentenced.

He was sentenced to 7 months to 2 years less one day in jail, with five years probation for endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.

Earlier this year, 23-year-old Alexa Kephart from Grampian, the mother of the child, was sentenced to serve 6 months to 1 year in jail with five years concurrent probation for endangering the welfare of children and involuntary manslaughter.

Their 39-day-old baby had died in July 2020 while sleeping in a full-sized bed with the parents and another 22-month-old child. The infant was unconscious and blue when the parents woke up.

They had both been tested for drugs and reportedly tested positive for methamphetamines, amphetamines, ecstasy, and marijuana.

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The death dates back to July 1, 2020 when Kephart and Canfield had been living in a home along Stronach Road in Penn Township with their infant daughter and another child that was nearly 2 years old.

Police say that the couple has in the habit of sleeping with their infant in the same full-size bed with them.

When they woke up the morning of July 1, they reportedly found the infant covered in a blanket, unconscious and blue.

Kephart attempted CPR and life saving measures until emergency services arrived, but the infant was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Although the death has been ruled as accidental, police note that Kephart and Canfield both had a history of using methamphetamine, both before and after the child was born.

CYS was actively involved with the family ever since the child’s birth.