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.