Danielle Johnson, 21, was arrested Monday at her home in the 900 block of Brett Drive without incident for allegedly failing to report the death of her newborn son, who has been identified only as Baby Johnson.
According to information from Hinesville Police Detective Doug Snider and an incident report filed by Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Waymen Chapman Jr., Johnson gave birth around 6 a.m.
Sunday in her room at her parents’ home.
“Our investigation shows the child was alive when he was born and passed away shortly after she gave birth,” Snider said.
The detective said Johnson told police she was unaware that she had beenpregnant when she gave birth. No one in the home she shares with her parents was aware of the birth.
Johnson told Chapman the baby took one breath. She panicked, according to the incident report, and said she didn’t know what to do.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brian Barnes, who was called because the initial report was made in Midway, said Johnson wrapped the newborn in a blanket and took him to a family friend’s home in the 200 block of Robert Hill Road late Monday evening. The friend notified her mother of the infant’s death and called Danielle Johnson’s father, who arrived at the Robert Hill home after midnight and notified authorities.
Barnes said when first responders arrived they found Johnson’s friend holding the child in a blanket. Emergency workers found the infant cold to the touch and not breathing, according to Chapman’s report.
When Barnes learned the child had been born in Hinesville, the case was turned over to the Hinesville Police Department.
Baby Johnson was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah on Tuesday where an autopsy was conducted to determine the cause of death.
“Autopsy results are pending and, depending on the findings, more charges maybe pending,” Snider said.