A 1-year-old girl was brought to Saint Francis Hospital on Saturday night. Her mother, and mother’s boyfriend, reported that she was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest. The girl died soon after. It is now believed sexual abuse is to blame.
As soon as the young girl arrived at the ER doctors took note of her various injuries. As the Tulsa World reports, the girl, Sawyer Paige Jefferson, had bruises on her face, along with bruises and bleeding from both her vagina and rectum.
Cody Alan Johnson, 30, Jefferson’s mother’s boyfriend who accompanied her to the ER, has been arrested on multiple accounts including child sexual abuse and homicide.
Johnson lives together with Jefferson and Jefferson’s mother. As News On 6 reports, Johnson was babysitting16-month-old Sawyer alone when Johnson called the mother to come home quick as the toddler was hurt.
Jefferson’s mother arrived home to find her daughter unresponsive and bleeding. Johnson claimed that she had slipped on her pajamas and fell on a toy. The two then rushed the infant to the emergency room.
According to News On 6, Sawyer’s injuries told their own story and the ER staff realized immediately that Johnson’s story was a lie. The Tulsa World quotes Johnson’s arrest report on the state of Jefferson’s injuries. It says that the extent of trauma internally and to her genitals was consistent with “extensive forcible penetration”.
As the Inquisitr reports, the infant remained in “extremely critical condition” at the hospital and stayed on a life-support system until she died that night.
According to the Tulsa World, detectives arrested and questioned Johnson. He was charged with child abuse after a felony conviction and child sexual abuse after a felony conviction complaints. Then, following Jefferson’s death, Cody Alan Johnson was charged with first-degree murder.
Johnson is now in jail on $200,000 bail and is awaiting a DNA test.
“Often times, we find these types of situation where we find some volatility in these relationships, maybe domestic issues, but I don’t know of any in this case,” News On 6 quoted Tulsa Police Corporal Greg Smith.