A 31-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with killing his 5-month-old son, Baltimore police said Monday.
The boy, Emmanuel Johnson, was discovered unconscious on Friday morning in the family’s home in the Coppin Heights neighborhood. His body was covered with both “old and new injuries,” police said. He was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Perry Nelson-Johnson, from the 1600 block of North Smallwood Street, is on the run. A police spokesman, T.J. Smith, said the case involved “an absolutely disturbing and despicable, inhumane act of violence.” Police are calling on the public to assist in finding and arresting Nelson-Johnson.Perry Nelson-Johnson relies on a walking stick, which is believed to be the weapon utilized to inflict injuries on the child. There were “abrasions on his face, scrapes on his face, older injuries and scratches to the head and the neck, back, almost head-to-toe type injuries,” Smith said.
A medical examiner as ruled Emmanuel’s death a homicide by “multiple blunt force trauma to the head.”
Nelson-Johnson has been charged with reckless endangerment, first- and second-degree murder, multiple counts of child-abuse, first- and second-degree assault and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, police said.
The police said Nelson-Johnson told them that Emmanuel “rolled off the bed and banged his head.” However, that explanation has been ruled out by the autopsy report.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Perry Nelson-Johnson is being asked to contact the Warrant Apprehension Task Force at 410-637-8970.