Police: Child Abuse Led to Baby's Death in Champlin

Updated: 07/30/2013 7:43 AM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

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Image: MGN Online

Authorities have lodged child abuse accusations against the parents of a 4-month-old girl who died of blunt force brain injury last February at the family's Champlin home.

Madyson Lanea Johnson died Feb. 16 while at home, 6308 112th Place N., according to Champlin police. Her twin sister, Makenzy Leigh Johnson, also was home at the time.

Makenzy has been removed from the house and remains in protective custody.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Madyson's death a homicide caused by "blunt force craniocerebral injury." An investigation has revealed that both girls had injuries consistent with abuse, according to Champlin police.

The Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department are pursuing termination of parental rights for Makenzy's father, 33-year-old Carey Connell Johnson, and her mother, 36-year-old Ashaki Renee Johnson, according to a petition.  

Makenzy is now 7 months old.

According to the petition, the Johnsons have not cooperated with the police or child protective services investigations into the children's injuries.

Also, the petition stated that the Johnsons have failed to adequately care for their children, failed to correct the conditions leading to their remaining daughter's placement in foster care, and their children experienced egregious harm while in their care.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case for potential charges against the Johnsons, according to police.