Mother charged in death of 4 year old girl
Police said they have arrested and charged 33-year-old Lakeya Johnson in the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who officials said had suffered massive head trauma as a result of child abuse.
Dramiara Johnson had been taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Aug. 22 with significant head injuries, police said. Though family members told hospital staff that Dramiara had hit her head after falling during a "play fight" with her brother at a home in the 1700 block of Gorsuch Ave., the attending physician said that scenario did not match up with the child's injuries. She was taken off life support by the family on Aug. 27.
On Monday, police said every family member was a potential suspect and late Monday charged Johnson, of the 3000 block of Federal St., with child abuse resulting in death and related charges. She was being held on $1 million bond pending a bail review.
Court records show Johnson has been sought since November 2009 on a warrant charging her with attempted drug distribution after she failed to show for a court hearing. That warrant has now been served and a trial on those charges is set for Sept. 29. In 2000, Johnson was charged with a handgun violation, a charge that was dropped by prosecutors.