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Arraignment postponed for mother in infant death case

Arraignment postponed for mother in infant death case

Stefany Johnson /MCSO

ClarksvilleNow.com Reporting
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The arraignment of a Clarksville mother on criminal homicide charges has been postponed while she undergoes a psychiatric evaluation.

Stefany Johnson, 24, was charged Friday, March 7 in the death of her 7-month-old daughter, Astrid Johnson. Police discovered the body of the child after responding to reports of a naked woman yelling and screaming at a residence in the 1300 block of Sonja Drive.

According to the arrest warrant, the deceased child was found on the couch in the home. Johnson was transported to Gateway ER.

The warrant states that while at the hospital, Johnson told police she was giving the baby a bath and “Jesus came down and took Astrid to heaven.” Investigators found no evidence of any attempted medical care or attention for the baby on Johnson’s part, which official believe constitutes the negligence which led to Astrid’s death.

Further investigation determined that Johnson is the sole care provider of care and custody of the child, and her husband is deployed with the military.

Investigators have not said how the baby was killed. Johnson was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Court officials told Clarksvillenow.com Johnson is currently at an unnamed mental health facility.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information related to the incident can contact Detective Eric Ewing at 931-648-0656 ext. 5447.

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A memorial has been set up for 7-month-old Astrid Johnson outside the Sonja Dr. home.