Man charged after 2-year-old dies from severe injuries

Man charged after 2-year-old suffers major injuries

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man is in jail after a two-year-old suffered major injuries.

In court Friday morning, prosecutors said the boy has died.

According to police, Alan Johnson said he picked up the boy from daycare and was caring for him while the boy’s mother was at work.

Johnson told police he was playing with the boy in the backyard, throwing him in the air and catching him.

Johnson said the boy slipped, and he caught him by the ankle to keep from from hitting the ground. Johnson said he saw the boy's neck go back and he stopped responding.

Johnson called 911 and the boy was rushed to Le Bonheur in critical condition. Friday morning, the family’s attorney said the boy had died.

Doctors determined the 2-year-old had a skull fracture, brain swelling, back and rib fractures, and numerous internal injuries.

Investigators determined the injuries were not consistent with Johnson's story. He's been charged with aggravated child abuse.

WMC5 looked into Johnson’s history. He was previously arrested and charged with aggravated assault charges.

On Oct. 2, police said Johnson pointed a gun at two men as they were driving north on Kirby Parkway.

Johnson was tracked by police after the victims wrote down Johnson's license plate number.

Johnson was in court Friday morning on his most recent charge of aggravated child abuse.

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