Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dad charged in beating death of 18-month-old daughter (St. Louis, Missouri)

Dad is identified as JAMELL JOHNSON.


Father charged in death of toddler

2012-09-04T07:28:30Z 2012-09-04T11:00:14Z

The Associated Press

 A St. Louis-area man is facing charges in the fatal beating of his 18-month-old daughter.

Authorities say 21-year-old Jamell Johnson of Arnold was charged Monday with child abuse and assault. Those charges were filed hours before the child died. It wasn't immediately clear if charges would be upgraded.

The girl was injured Sunday and taken to St. Anthony's Medical Center, then Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, where she died Monday afternoon.

Authorities say the abuse happened in an apartment.

Johnson is in the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.