Infant dies after days without food and strapped in car seat; Michigan mom charged

- A western Michigan mom was arraigned on two felony charges on Tuesday for the death of her infant son, who authorities died after days without food while strapped into a carseat in the woman's apartment without air conditioning.

Lovily Johnson, 22, was charged Tuesday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of her son, six-month old Noah Edward Johnson.

According to FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, Johnson took her son to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital on July 19. Staff told police that the child was obviously dead and had been for some time.

Police said Johnson told them she was the only person caring for Noah for the four days prior but had not fed him since Monday, July 17. Police also said she told them that Noah had been buckled into a car seat on the upper floor of her apartment with no air conditioning.

Wyoming Detective Robert Meredith wrote in the probable cause affidavit that Johnson admitted to being home multiple times a day during that time, according to WZZM.

“She knowingly and intentionally deprived him of the necessities of life by not feeding him since Monday evening. During this time, Noah remained buckled in a car seat on the upper floor of Johnson’s apartment with no air conditioning," Meredith wrote, according to WZZM.

The 22-year-old mom is being held without bond in Kent County. 

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