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Court date set in infant murder case

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A man charged in the death of an almost 2-month-old baby will make his initial appearance in court on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Michael Johnson, 18, of Mount Morse, Mich., has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of Tyler Howard, almost 2 months old, who died Friday.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said Johnson was babysitting for the child’s mother on Friday. Authorities were called to the residence at 1154 Hwy. 109 North in response to a report of a lifeless child.

Upon arrival, he said, Wilson Emergency Management Agency had already transported the child to Summit Medical Center Emergency Room.

Physicians at Summit requested a detective come to the ER, and Ashe noted a detective was already on his way after authorities gained information from the residence “that just didn’t make a lot of sense.”

The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s office, and based on the results of the autopsy, “we charged the 18-year-old with the death of the child. There was overwhelming evidence this is not a crib death,” the sheriff said.

Ashe said not much is known about the suspect, but he and the child’s mother relocated from Michigan to try and start a business in the Nashville area.

Johnson is being held in the Wilson County Jail under a bond of $500,000. He is to appear in General Sessions Court at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, Ashe said.

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