A 26-year-old Ardmore man is behind bars facing charges in connection with the death of a 2-year-old child.


A 26-year-old Ardmore man is behind bars facing charges in connection with the death of a 2-year-old child.

 

A formal charge of child neglect was filed by the district attorney’s office against Jay W. Johnson Wednesday. The charge accuses the local man of “failing to adequately supervise the child causing the child to sustain injuries which resulted in death ...”

 

District Attorney Craig Ladd refused to discuss whether upgraded charges were possible. But, late Wednesday he confirmed the case involving the circumstances surrounding the little boy’s death remain under investigation.

 

“At this time, there is sufficient evidence for the charge of child neglect. However, the case is ongoing,” Ladd said.

 

In addition to the charge surrounding the child’s death, Johnson is also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) in the presence of a minor.

 

Johnson was arrested by Ardmore police Sunday after officers were called to an apartment, located in the 1900 block of Knox Road. Cpl. Chad Anthony, Ardmore Police Department Public Information Officer, said officers responded about 6:15 p.m. and discovered the injured child who was not breathing.

 

The toddler was transported to the local hospital. He was later transferred to an Oklahoma City medical facility where he died.

 

During the initial investigation officers also found Johnson was in possession of marijuana. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Carter County Detention Center.

 

Reports indicate the child was the son of Johnson’s live-in girlfriend. Johnson, his girlfriend and the toddler had lived in the apartment together for about a year.

 

Johnson made an initial appearance in Carter County District Court Wednesday afternoon. A $40,000 bond was set on both charges. Currently Johnson remains detained at the county jail pending the posting of bond and/or the outcome of the case.

 

If convicted Johnson faces up to life in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the child neglect charge and two to 10 years in prison on the drug possession charge.