CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A 21-year-old Mooringsport man is behind bars, accused in the May death of his 3-month-old nephew, according to Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator.
On Friday, Don Lee Johnson was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of the infant.
On May 1, Johnson allegedly slammed the baby down on a couch out of frustration at a home in the 700 block of Ivy Street in Mooringsport. When the child was discovered, 911 was called and CPR was attempted but the baby was unresponsive until EMTs arrived.
The baby died May 6 from injuries received several days earlier while in Johnson’s care. Medical personnel attributed his death to traumatic brain injury.
Deputies reported that prior to the incident, Johnson moved in with his sister at the Ivy Street residence, where he often babysat the infant and his 5-year-old brother.
Johnson was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center where he is being held on a $750,000 bond.