A young mother from Wyoming was reportedly arraigned Monday regarding two felony charges for the death of her infant son, who allegedly went days without food while strapped in a car seat in their apartment.
Lovily K. Johnson, 22-years-old, is charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of her six-month-old son identified as Noah Edward Johnson.
Wyoming District Court Judge Steven M. Timmers ordered her held without bond while waiting for her next court appearance. If convicted of the felony charges, Johnson faces mandatory life in prison.
Johnson arrived at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, July 19 with her son, according to the authorities.
“Upon arrival, Noah was clearly deceased and had been for some time,’” Wyoming Detective Robert Meredith wrote in a probable cause affidavit. “Johnson . . . admitted that Noah was under her care and no one else’s care for the last four days.”
“Johnson admitted to being at home multiple times a day during that time frame,” Meredith wrote. “She knowingly and intentionally deprived him of the necessities of life by not feeding him since Monday evening. During this time, Noah remained buckled in a car seat on the upper floor of Johnson’s apartment with no air conditioning.”
The local authorities allege the abuse of her son occurred at a home on McKee Avenue south of 26th Street SW where she had been staying.
In addition to the murder and child abuse charges, she has an upcoming probation violation hearing for a 2016 embezzlement conviction.
A Kent County judge on Friday ordered that her two-year-old daughter be placed under the supervision of the state. Efforts will be made to have the child placed with her grandmother, according to testimony on Friday.
This case is still ongoing.
Source: Daily Mail