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CTX man convicted of murder of baby, sentenced to life in prison

(Source: Bell County Jail) (Source: Bell County Jail)

On Thursday, a Bell County jury sentenced a man charged with capital murder in the death of an 11-month-old to life in prison with no parole.

The jury reached its verdict in less than 35 minutes. 

Jeffrey Johnson, who plans to file an appeal, is accused of murdering and sexually assaulting 11-month-old Hannah Davis. 

The trail started on Tuesday with opening statements. 

The State called nine witnesses on Tuesday, including the Bell County Call Center Records Custodian, the woman who made the 911 call the morning of the incident, Hannah’s mother, a pediatric forensic nurse and several first responders.

Hannah Davis' mother, Mary Jaime, testified she was dating Johnson. She and Johnson had smoked methamphetamine around 1:30 a.m. on July 29, 2015. She said she went to sleep after. She said Johnson went next door to a home he was remodeling. He came back to the house around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. Hannah woke up first, so Jaime said she got her up, changed her diaper, gave her a bottle and changed her clothes. Jaime told the jury she did not notice any injuries on the baby.

Jaime said around 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Johnson took Hannah with him to the home he was remodeling. She said it was a normal routine for them so she could get the other kids ready. She was walking over to tell Johnson his ex-wife was on her way to pay child support and she heard him scream for help.

Jaime said she ran into the home and saw Jeffrey trying to give CPR on Hannah.

The woman who made the 911 call said she lived next door to Johnson. He started banging on her window and woke her up the morning of the incident. When she walked outside, he handed her a phone to talk to a 911 dispatcher. Johnson told the woman, and Jaime, the baby choked on Cheerios.

The jury listened to the 911 call. During the call, you can hear the woman ask, “Where did Jeffrey go?”

First responders to the scene and a pediatric forensic nurse all took the stand Tuesday and talked about seeing bruising all over Hannah's body. Hannah was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Paramedics performed CPR on the baby. She did not have a pulse until they got to the hospital.

First responders also testified they found blood in her diaper. First responders said Hannah felt cold and wet to the touch. After arriving at the hospital, they found her body temperature was 90.3 degrees. The jury saw graphic pictures from when Hannah was at the hospital. 

The forensic nurse said it was one of the worst cases she’s ever seen.

Johnson is facing a capital murder charges. The trial continues Wednesday at 9 a.m. 

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