Wyoming woman awaits arraignment for death of her six-month-old son

Wyoming mom facing arraignment after baby death

WYOMING, MICH. - A Wyoming woman is expected to be arraigned Monday on two felony charges in the death of her six-month-old son, who was already dead when he arrived at the hospital.

Lovily Johnson, 22, is charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse. She was booked into the Kent County Jail on Thursday.

Johnson, who is on probation for embezzling from a business on 28th Street SE, is also the mother of a two-year-old daughter.  The daughter on Friday was placed under the supervision of the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Johnson was in court for Friday’s hearing, but did not testify.

Authorities allege the abuse of her son, six-month-old Noah Johnson, occurred at a home on McKee Avenue near 32nd Street SW.

Wyoming police were notified after Johnson arrived with her son at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital about 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday. She was arrested several hours later.

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In addition to the pending murder charge, she has an upcoming probation violation hearing for a 2016 embezzlement conviction.

She was charged with embezzlement of less than $200 for an incident last August at a business on 28th Street SE. Johnson in September was placed on probation for eight months and ordered to stay away from Woodland Mall, according to records in Kentwood District Court.

Kentwood District Court Judge William G. Kelly also assessed her $455 in fines and court costs and ordered her to perform 40 hours of community service.

The judge issued a probation violation bench warrant on Thursday. Johnson has a court appearance in that case next week.  Violations include failing to pay fines and court costs, not performing community service and failing to seek and secure a job, court records show.

Johnson’s criminal record locally is limited to the misdemeanor embezzlement conviction. Prior to moving to Wyoming, she lived on Dale Court NE in Grand Rapids and rented an apartment on Union Avenue NE.

Her landlord on Union won a judgment last year of more than $1,300 for back rent and unpaid utilities owed by Johnson, court records show.

Johnson was in a tumultuous relationship with the father of her daughter, which includes a child support case and a 2016 personal protection order. The father pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic violence last fall.

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