Dan Stamm

Montgomery County Pediatrician Accused of Child Pornography Dies in Jail

A pediatrician from northwest Montgomery County charged with possessing several images of child pornography on a cell phone that belonged to his medical practice died behind bars.

Dr. David Kennedy, 48, of Pennsburg, died in Montgomery County Prison Sunday, said the county coroner's office Monday.

A cause of death was pending after an autopsy was performed Sunday, said the coroner's office.

Kennedy was arrested last month after a nurse practitioner at Personal Care Pediatrics in Pennsburg allegedly found images on a cell phone she was given to answer any emergency calls for the practice during the Thanksgiving weekend, said the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

While using the phone, she allegedly found the sexually graphic photographs of children and other sexual images, authorities said.

"The investigation revealed that the images belonged to Kennedy," the DA said in a joint statement with Upper Perkiomen Police Department.

Kennedy was charged with five counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was arraigned on $250,000 bail and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after being unable to post bail, said court records. He was due to return to court on Jan. 31.

the DA's office was set to investigate Kennedy's death like they do anytime a prisoner dies in custody.

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