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Hibbing man charged in 2012 death of girl

  • Associated Press
  • August 29, 2014 - 4:55 PM

VIRGINIA, Minn. — A Hibbing man is charged with murder in the 2012 death of his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.

Twenty-six-year-old Russell Shannon Johnson was arraigned Friday on a second-degree murder charge.

Johnson was arrested Thursday. The Mesabi Daily News reports bail was set at $500,000.

The girl — Caroline Shenze Marie Medicine-Chavez — died of head trauma in March 2012.

According to the complaint, Johnson was alone with the girl. He told police that Caroline fell and hit her head.

WDIO-TV reports the case was stalled until July of this year, when a woman told investigators that Johnson told her he had pushed the girl and she flew into a wall and hit her head.

Johnson's public defender says his client maintains his innocence. Johnson is due back in court Sept. 15.

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