Grand jury charges Lufkin couple in baby's death - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Grand jury charges Lufkin couple in baby's death

Mark Clark mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail. Mark Clark mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Vanessa Clark mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail. Vanessa Clark mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

An Angelina County grand jury has indicted a Lufkin couple in connection to an infant's death, determining they were sleeping with it and caused its death.

Vanessa Lynn Clark, 32, and Mark Wayne Clark, 32, are each charged with child endangerment.

According to District Attorney Clyde Herrington, Lufkin Police investigators determined the couple were sleeping with an infant when it died on July 9, 2010.

The couple had not been arrested on the charge, according to district court records. Instead, it appears prosecutors decided to let a grand jury determine if they should be charged.

Each person has been in the Angelina County Jail before. Mark Clark was booked on a charge of driving with a license invalid in 2002. Vanessa Clark has theft convictions on her record.

Neither had been booked into the Angelina County Jail on the endangerment charge, as of Friday night.

Further information on the infant's death, including the age and gender of the victim, was unavailable Friday night.

At the KTRE Facebook page, Mark Clark left a comment on the situation:

"Yes something needs to be done about this situation!! Im the father and this has really blown my mind !! All i can do is leave it in the lord hands!! Its takeing everything inside me to stop me from loseing my cool!! Im shure there will be a protest and if not then my lawyer is going to hang the da out to dry!! Please keep me and my family in everyones prayers!! I also have a 4 year old that is haveing to see all this crap !! Thank u all and god bless!!!

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