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Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017. 11:47 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The American couple currently being investigated for the death of their 13-year-old adopted daughter, Faye Lin Cannon, were charged and arraigned in San Pedro Magistrate’s court for an unrelated, minor offense as investigators scramble to find evidence to levy charges in connection with Cannon’s death.

David and Anke Doehm were arraigned in court yesterday on a single charge of possession of a controlled drug for having Valium in their house without a prescription. David Doehm pleaded guilty to the charge explaining that he had gotten a prescription for the medication previously but did not get an updated prescription when he went to refill. Doehm claimed he did not know he was committing an offense and was fined $185 then released.

As soon as they were released, however, they were detained again by police, to be held for another 48-hour detention cycle. Officer Commanding the Coastal Executive Unit, Superintendent Henry Jemmoth acknowledged to the media that the drug charge was merely a tactic used by police to buy more time to collect sound evidence to charge the parents for what police are classifying as a murder, given the results of the post-mortem, which revealed Cannon was sexually and physically abused.

San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero also chimed in with a unique perspective saying that as the population on the island grows he expects there to be more incidents like this. He also urged members of the public to offer hard evidence against the Doehms instead of hurling unsubstantiated allegations against them on social media. Guerrero added, however, that he was not trying to protect the couple. He also noted that the couple rented a place from his sister but said he never knew them well.

Police now have until Wednesday afternoon to levy charges against the Doehms for Cannon’s death or they will be released.

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