Mich. Mother, Accused of Denying Infant Son Food for at Least 2 Days, Charged With Murder

Kent County (Mich.) Jail

A young Michigan mother is facing two felony charges in the death of her 6-month-old son, who allegedly went days without food while he was strapped in a car seat inside her Wyoming apartment without the air conditioning on.

It’s a lot to unpack, but according to the Detroit Free Press, 22-year-old Lovily K. Johnson is charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after the death of little Noah Edward Johnson.


During her arraignment Monday, Wyoming District Court Judge Steven Timmers ordered Johnson held without bond. If convicted on the felony charges, Johnson faces mandatory life in prison.

The incident with Noah apparently unraveled when Johnson arrived at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with the child on July 19.


“Upon arrival, Noah was clearly deceased and had been for some time,’’ Wyoming Detective Robert Meredith wrote in a probable cause affidavit, according to the news site. “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,” the detective added in the affidavit. “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.”


Johnson also has a 2-year-old daughter. The little girl was placed under the supervision of the state Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, prior to the arraignment.

Johnson is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday for a probable cause hearing.


Read more at the Detroit Free Press.

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