PONTIAC, Mich. – A vigil was held Sunday for the Oakland County mother and two young kids that froze to death in a field earlier this month.
The mother, 35-year-old Monica Cannady, and her sons, ages 9 and 3, were found frozen to death on Jan. 15 in a field on Branch Street in Pontiac.
Cannady was said to be suffering a mental health crisis and told her kids to lie down with her in the field. They died of hypothermia.
Family, friends and community leaders gathered at the field Sunday to remember the lives lost.
Faith leaders led the group in prayers, especially praying for Cannady’s 9-year-old daughter, Lillie, who was also in the field, but survived.
Lillie was taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia. Family said she has since been released.
“She’s doing well under the circumstances,” Cannady’s aunt, Rhodesia Cannady, said. “She’s holding up, she’s surrounded by family and lots of love, and just one day at a time that’s all we can ask of her is one day at a time.”
Pontiac Mayor Tim Greimel and other elected officials spoke at the vigil, underscoring the importance of mental health resources and awareness.
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