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    MI - Jasmine Phillips, 21 mos, scalded to death, dad's GF charged, 18 Dec 2004

    A 27-year-old Orion Township woman who police said burned her boyfriend's 22-month-old daughter during a bath in scalding water was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday, three days after the baby's father reported the infant had stopped breathing.

    Letitia Johnson was held without bond in the Oakland County Jail after her appearance in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills. Her preliminary examination was set for Jan. 4 before District Judge Julie Nicholson. If convicted, Johnson could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

    Prosecutors said Wednesday they believe the woman intended to harm the baby, identified by police as Jasmine Phillips. The woman gave the child a bath Saturday night in scalding water, then diapered the child and put her to bed, even though the baby clearly was suffering, according to her statements to police.

    The next morning, the baby's father, Johnson's 26-year-old boyfriend, Louie Phillips, found Jasmine unresponsive and called 911, according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. Jasmine was taken to POH Medical Center in Pontiac and pronounced dead at 11 a.m. Sunday.

    The Oakland County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by dehydration from extensive third-degree burns.

    The burns were so bad, Bouchard said, the child's skin was falling off.

    Johnson has six children of her own, all under age 8, by four fathers, including Phillips, said Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Sara Pope-Starnes.

    http://www.freep.com/news/locoak/baby23e_20041223.htm

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    WTF????? I can't even imagine how much pain that baby must have been in!!!!!!

    The death penalty. Those are the only words that come to mind right now.

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    I wish MI was a death-penalty state; we certainly have our share of nutcases.

    That poor sweet girl....her pain must have been unbearable.

    Had I followed this case a little closer I could've given you guys more insight - that courthouse is all of 5 minutes from my house.

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    Angry what a rotten slob of a mother

    I hope she gets hers . How can anyone do that to an innocent child? Id put her on death row for it.

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    UNBELIEVABLE. This lady doesn't deserve to breathe another breath. 6 kids of her own and can be so cruel. The poor mother of this baby was probably forced to allow visitation and this BI*** wanted to get some revenge. Sounds like both women had a baby by this man that were close in age. Probably some cheating and this was a chance for some revenge. Surely she will get LWOP. SURELY?????

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    Angry More on that poor baby

    I just hope she lost consciousness quickly and didn't have to suffer long.

    http://www.theoaklandpress.com/stori...41223018.shtml

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    This makes me sick. That poor, sweet little baby girl.

    This woman deserves the death penalty. I can't believe they are calling this second-degree murder...it was clearly premeditated.

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    I have absolutely NO TIME for people like that!!!

    Someone should give her a scalding hot bath... boy does that PI** me off!

    So often times it happens that we live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ...Eagles, "Already Gone"

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    Quote Originally Posted by poco
    I have absolutely NO TIME for people like that!!!

    Someone should give her a scalding hot bath... boy does that PI** me off!
    This is what I was going to say....That poor little baby. So sad, I just cannot understand how people can be so heartless and evil. My husband was burned badly in a fire, so I know all to well, the pain this child went through. Heartbreaking!!!!


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    That is so horrible. Poor poor baby. If only they could do the same thing to the woman as her punishment.
    Just my opinion of course!!

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    Angry Update

    Inmate: Scalding was no accident


    Web-posted Feb 11, 2005

    Prisoner testifies woman accused in slaying admitted in jail she intended to kill the child


    By STEPHEN FRYE
    Of The Daily Oakland Press


    An Oakland County jail inmate testified Thursday that Letitia Johnson, accused of scalding to death her boyfriend's 21-month-old daughter, asked her for advice on looking remorseful.
    "Her mother said she was smiling on TV," the inmate said. "I told her, 'I can't teach you how to be remorseful.'"

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    http://www.theoaklandpress.com/stori...50211015.shtml

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    148-degree bath water

    Burns are the most agonizing injury.
    OMG I can't believe that this woman did this to a child ...
    This is outrageous ...
    Last edited by golfmom; 02-11-2005 at 11:50 AM. Reason: add info

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    The defense attorney is inhuman in my opinion. Saying that anyone can accidentally put a baby in 148 degree water is lying through her teeth. Its unconscionable to me that she'd (the attorney) do this in order to protect this murderous beotch.

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    Jeana,
    This is another one for those mandatory tube-tying cases IMO ...
    This woman has like 6 kids under the age of 8.
    She's also been investigated for drugs in the home and putting beer in a baby bottle.

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