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Man indicted with 1st-degree murder after 2-year-old boy's death in West Tennessee

Associated Press • Jul 16, 2019 at 10:47 AM

MEMPHIS — A man has been indicted in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in Tennessee.

Shelby County district attorney Amy Weirich says in a news release 41-year-old Alan Johnson was indicted on a first-degree murder charge.

The statement says Johnson had been playing with the child by throwing him in the air and catching him in October but the child slipped. A hospital staff determined the boy had a fractured skull, swelling on the brain and that the injuries were inconsistent with Johnson’s account. The boy died two days later.

An autopsy showed the child also had rib fractures and lacerations on several organs.

Johnson is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail. It wasn’t immediately known whether Johnson has an attorney who could comment on the charge.

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