Pontiac mother, 20, arraigned on child abuse charges

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A 20-year-old mother has been arraigned on child abuse charges after her unconscious 3-month-old daughter was rushed to the hospital last week with bruised and broken ribs.

Pontiac resident Constance Johnson was arraigned Friday before 50th District Court Judge Cynthia Walker on first- and second-degree child abuse charges, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. She faces up to life in prison.

Johnson is currently being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $30,000 cash surety bond, officials said. She has no previous criminal history.

The baby girl initially was listed in critical condition after her Sept. 21 hospitalization, officials said. She remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition.

Johnson’s arrest Friday came after the infant arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital, unconscious and not breathing, officials said. Medical staff initiated CPR to stabilize the child, who then was airlifted to the Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital ICU.

In Royal Oak, physicians discovered bruised and broken ribs, as well as “a host of other injuries” consistent with abuse, officials said.

Responding detectives on Friday notified Child Protective Services and questioned the child’s parents at the sheriff’s Pontiac substation. Johnson later was arrested after further investigation.

The woman is due back in court Oct. 6 for a pre-examination conference, officials said.


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