Father Mourns AR Girl Police Say Murdered by Mom

MONTICELLO, Ark. - Court documents reveal disturbing new details surrounding the death of 19-month-old TaLondon Jacobs.

"I found out by the autopsy, probably a week later," says her father, Taurus Jacobs, during a video phone interview from Memphis.

The doctor performing TaLondon's autopsy reported finding broken ribs, a broken collarbone and "blunt force trauma to the torso, which caused her death," according to an arrest affidavit. 

The autopsy was performed on Aug. 31, one day after TaLondon died. The examination also showed the child had a perforated bowel and cuts on the inside of her lips described as defensive wounds due to something being placed over her mouth or face. The autopsy also found evidence the child had suffered broken ribs before that had healed.

"I broke down right there at work," Jacobs says. "You know, I couldn't believe it." 

Monticello Police arrested TaLondon's mother, Kannika Jenkins, 26, on Wednesday, more than a month after the child died. Jenkins is accused of her daughter's murder.

"The mother, she was still out," Jacobs says. "I was always wondering for a whole month why the mother was still out."

When Jenkins took TaLondon to the emergency room she told staff that the child had started choking soon after eating. The autopsy found no sign of choking. Nurses also noted swelling on the child's forehead.

TaLondon's twin sister, Talalia, remains in DHS custody. She's been disabled since last year. Nothing links Jenkins to Talalia's disability, but Monticello Police say additional charges are a possibility and Jacobs has his own suspicions.

"If we would have caught on from Talaila, TaLondon would probably still be here," Jacobs says.

"A lot of people wasn't paying attention, didn't catch on, until all this happened. Even I was blind, you know, it's really sad," he continues.

Jacobs says he had plans of landing a job in Tennessee and moving the family there. Instead, 26-year-old father finds himself grieving and searching for answers from a state away.

"How did we end up like this?" Jacobs asks. "We're supposed to be making a life for the kids, make a better future for ourself. It just went the total opposite. I just want to know why, you know?"

Jenkins is being held on $100,000 bond.


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