Man charged in death, sexual assault of toddler

Posted at 6:53 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 19:53:24-05

TULSA - The Tulsa County District Attorney has filed formal charges in the death of a 1-year-old child.

Court documents detail charges of child abuse murder, two counts of child sexual abuse and one count of child neglect against Cody Alan Johnson - the boyfriend of the mother of 16-month-old Sawyer Paige Jefferson.

Jefferson died the evening of December 6 at Saint Francis Hospital from injuries inflicted when prosecutors say Johnson sexually assaulted and physically abused her.

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Officers say Johnson and Jefferson's mother took her to the emergency room on Saturday. They say Jefferson was in cardiac arrest and was unresponsive. Jefferson was put on life support and died Sunday night.

TPD says Jefferson suffered several face contusions and bruising and bleeding coming from her vagina and rectum. They said they were told that the child had "slipped on her pajamas and fell on her toy."

Both Johnson and Jefferson's mother say he was in sole care and custody at the time of her injury.

Johnson was booked into the Tulsa County Jail Sunday; charges were filed Friday afternoon. 

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