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Private DNA company assists in identifying suspects in death of infant in 2017

 Jacob and Jenna Cisneros
Jacob and Jenna Cisneros (WTVG)
Published: Feb. 3, 2020 at 6:04 PM EST
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Toledo Police say teamwork, and the use of a private DNA company, are the reason they were able to arrest two suspects in the death of an infant left abandoned in a car on Vaness back in 2017.

At the time the infant was found, deceased, police did not know their identity or the identity of the parents. The cold case left investigators with little to go on, but according to Toledo Police during a press conference on Tuesday, the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office sent DNA from the infant to a private company which was able to get a match.

That DNA led them to Jenna and Jacob Cisneros who were arrested on Monday. They're currently facing charges of Involuntary Manslaughter and were each held on a $500,000 bond.

Police say the pair placed their baby in a vehicle on Vaness, not far from Bancroft, in early 2017. Then in May of that year, someone found the infant inside the vehicle. An autopsy revealed no evidence of trauma and toxicology reports were negative.

Toledo Police were not willing to reveal much about their ongoing investigation, their conversations with the suspects, or whether the Prosecutor's Office will seek further charges.

"We're not done meeting with the prosecutors," said Toledo Police Lieutenant Dan Gerken. "... we're not done investigating everythere, so the more information, how things may change from here, that's where we're at right now."

13abc was told Tuesday that the Cisneros have three other children. Those children are currently staying with other family members.

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