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06-11-2016, 07:26 AM

Parents of 2-year-old girl who drowned in Dearborn pool charged with murder
4:34 PM, Jun 10, 2016

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DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The parents of a 2-year-old girl who drowned in a Dearborn pool have been charged, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

According to Worthy, both parents have been charged with second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and second degree child abuse.

According to police, the child fell into a neighbor's swimming pool around 10:25 a.m. last Friday.

Police say the girl and her 3-year-old brother climbed a chain link fence which gave them access to the neighbor's yard. That's when the girl climbed the pool ladder and into the pool. Both parents were sleeping at the time.

The girl was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but died the next day.


James Johnson III and Amber Johnson were charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse. The judge explained the charge of second-degree murder as "a death caused by reckless disregard for human life."

Neighbors in the area say police have been to the girl’s home before and the kids are often found wandering the neighborhood.

“Those kids seem to be escape artists, but I think they’re just negligent parents who are sleeping all the time,” :rolleyes:neighbor Vincent Laing said.

Police confirmed that child protective services had been involved at some point.