FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — An autopsy has confirmed a 5-month-old baby died from injuries to the head and his death has been ruled a homicide by the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
Da’Coldest Antromik King Johnson’s mother has been arrested. Jasmine Johnson is charged with felony Neglect of a Dependent.
Police were called around 8:45 a.m. Sunday to Parkview Randallia Hospital after a baby was brought into the emergency room there with “severe bruising and head trauma,” a Fort Wayne Police report said. The 5-month-old boy was pronounced dead just after 9 a.m.
Fort Wayne Police said in the report that doctors found the baby had suffered “traumatic head injuries pointing to depressions in the baby’s skull.”
According to a probable cause affidavit the baby had an indentation above his right eye, a contusion on the left side of his face, and two depressed marks on the back of his head.
Police smelled a “strong odor of alcoholic beverage” coming from Johnson, according to court documents. Johnson told police she left her apartment between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to buy a bottle of gin from the liquor store, the report said.
When she returned from the liquor store, Johnson left the sleeping baby – strapped in the car seat – on her bed and closed the door, according to the affidavit.
During an interview with police, Johnson – who brought the baby to the hospital – admitted to drinking all night with another person and waking up, alone, with the child face down on the floor, the report said.
The person Johnson was drinking with was no longer in her apartment, according to court documents.
Investigators observed a red stain on the floor of Johnson’s apartment next to the crib and on the crib rails. They also found a onsie with a red stain.
Johnson was arrested and charged with felony Neglect of a Dependent.
The case remains under investigation.