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Mother Accused Of Killing Baby To Appear In Court

Mother Accused Of Killing Baby To Appear In Court

CREATED Mar 14, 2014

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Montgomery County mother accused of killing her 7-month-old daughter was scheduled to appear in court Friday after undergoing a mental health evaluation.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled for Stefany Johnson Monday, but was postponed until the evaluation was complete.

Police were called to a home on Sonja Drive in Clarksville around 3:30 a.m. Friday after receiving multiple reports of the 24-year-old woman yelling and screaming naked in the street.

Officers who responded to the scene found the body of 7-month-old Astrid Johnson inside the home.

Police said they asked Johnson what happened, and her response was that "Jesus came down and took Astrid to heaven" while she was bathing her.

Investigators concluded that Johnson's negligence resulted in the girl's death.

Neighbors said the Johnson's were a military family, and the father was currently deployed in Afghanistan.  They also have a son, but his age and whereabouts were not available. Neighbors added that they had never noticed anything suspicious at the house and the family was friendly.

Johnson's Facebook page shows multiple photos of her holding Astrid.

She was being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

Investigators with the Clarksville Police Department said they were still investigating this case. Anyone with information has been encouraged to call Detective Eric Ewing at 931-648-0656, ext. 5447.