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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