Cleveland woman arrested for the death of her 3-year-old daughter

Cleveland woman arrested for the death of her 3-year-old daughter
Dashauna Watkins
Danielle Johnson (Source: Cleveland Police)
Danielle Johnson (Source: Cleveland Police)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland mother is in custody, following the death of her three-year-old daughter.

Danielle Johnson told police the little girl suffered from seizures. They thought she died of cardiac arrest. But what investigators later uncovered landed Johnson in jail.

Neighbors say they knew something was wrong when they saw marshals Friday morning.

"They had the house surrounded so it was a lot, yeah they had the house surrounded. They tried to come in one of the windows but they stopped after we answered the door," said one neighbor.

Cleveland Police arrested 23 year-old Danielle Johnson for the death of her daughter, Dashauna Watkins.

Wednesday, Johnson took the toddler to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Family members told police the child had a seizure disorder and had a seizure that evening. She was later found unresponsive.  When officers responded to the hospital they found the child in full arrest. She was pronounced dead. 

Cleveland Police and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office investigated and found the victim had bruising to her forehead, right neck, right ear and on her cheeks. An autopsy report revealed she had a fractured skull, lacerated liver and various other injuries.

Some close by say they had no idea.

"I think they should be put under the jail if you kill a kid. I don't understand what's going on today that more and more mothers are abusing the kids today. It's getting worse, not better," said Anthony Obleton who lives across the street from the victim.

Cleveland 19 is looking into the background of this address where three-year-old Dashauna lived. We found EMS has been called out nine times since January 2012.

We don't know the nature of those calls at this time but we are asking questions and looking into this.

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