Man arrested for murder of 8-week-old daughter

LARGO, FL- Police arrested a Largo man for allegedly suffocating his 8-week-old baby.

Police arrived at the home on 1st Ave. NE Friday after the little girl, identified as Leah Johnson, was found unresponsive and face down on the couch. Police said it was initially reported that her father, Stephen Johnson, 20, found her that way when he woke up from a nap with her.

However, through follow-up interviews, police now believe Johnson suffocated the infant by forcing her head and face into his chest and shoulder area until she stopped breathing.

The baby was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Johnson is charged with first degree murder.

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