Tennessee woman accused of drowning her baby says ‘Jesus came down’ and did it

By David Edwards
Monday, March 10, 2014 12:35 EDT
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Stefany Paige Johnson (Clarksville Police)
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A Tennessee woman who is accused of drowning her 7-month-old baby told police that “Jesus came down” and took the child to heaven.

According to an arrest warrant, witnesses informed Clarksville police on Friday that 24-year-old Stefany Paige Johnson was “yelling and screaming, as well as being naked in the road,” The Tennessean reported.

When police responded at around 3:40 a.m., 7-month-old Astrid Johnson was found on the couch. Authorities believe that Johnson made no attempt to provide medical care for the child.

Johnson told police that she was bathing the child, and “Jesus came down and took Astrid to heaven,” the charging document said.

Police concluded that negligence resulted in the child’s death, and charged Johnson with criminal homicide. She was being held without bond until a Monday arraignment.

Johnson’s husband is deployed with the U.S. military.

Watch the video below from WNCT, broadcast March 8, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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