Man Pleads Innocent to Smothering Baby

January 28, 2006 - Posted at 1:58 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ A Jacksonville man accused of smothering a

baby girl after becoming intoxicated and resting on top of her has

pleaded innocent to a manslaughter charge.

Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Johnson remained in the Pulaski

County jail today on a 50-thousand dollar bond, a jailer said.

Yesterday, Johnson entered the plea to the Thursday morning death

of three-month-old Jade McWilliams.

At the arraignment, Deputy Prosecutor Sarah Priebe said Johnson

has a criminal history that includes convictions for theft,

breaking or entering, and carrying a weapon.

The baby's lifeless body was found in a recliner at the child's

home in northern Pulaski County. She had a large bruise on her

side, and sheriff's deputies said Johnson was intoxicated on either

drugs or alcohol.

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