A DeKalb County jury has found an Ellenwood man guilty of killing his 6-month-old daughter by violently fracturing her skull multiple times.
Reginald Demarcus Johnson, 36, was convicted Monday of felony murder and first-degree cruelty to children for the April 2015 death of Jordan Johnson.
“This is a tragic and horrific death,” said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. “It is our responsibility as parents to do everything in our power to protect our most precious commodities … our children. So to forcibly damage such a young child – then try to blame her twin brother – is repugnant and inexcusable.”
Jordan died of blunt force trauma to the head. An autopsy showed that she had multiple skull fractures and bleeding inside her brain.
The defendant told emergency responders that he woke up to find Jordan unresponsive with her 6-month-old twin brother, Jeremiah, on top of her. He suggested that the twin, who was uninjured, might have caused Jordan’s death. However, evidence at trial from medical experts and investigators found the amount of force needed to injure the baby would’ve had to have been smashing on a table or other flat surface or an adult stomping the baby’s head.
Johnson faces life in prison and will be sentenced at a later date.