Family of man found critically injured in trash can upset over police probe



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Posted on April 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 5:29 PM

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DALLAS — The family of a 34-year-old man found clinging to life in a trash can say they believe he was beaten.

Walter Cannon, 34, was found upside down, unconscious and injured inside a trash can at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday near a DART train station at Pacific Avenue and Market Street, according to a Dallas police report.

He later died.

"They had to put him on life support because he couldn't breathe," said Amanda Cannon, the man's sister.

Dallas Fire-Rescue crews transported Cannon to Baylor University Medical Center. Police said he had no visible external injuries.

"Initially, they thought he was just an injured person," his daughter said. "One of the nurses said they thought he was a 'bum.'"

Dallas police assigned a homicide detective to the case when it became apparent Cannon was in danger of dying. His family believes detectives should have been called in immediately.

"How do you accidentally throw yourself in a trash can?" said Tanisha McGowany, Cannon's cousin.

His daughter said she's concerned evidence has been lost with the passing of time.

"It's not even a crime scene anymore because too much stuff has been put in the trash can over there," she said.

DART authorities have viewed video and said they have no footage of Cannon being attacked.

Dallas police are waiting for an autopsy to get more information about how he died.