Indiana Boy, 5, High On Cocaine When He Shot Toddler Brother In Head!
2023/07/27

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A tragic incident occurred in Lafayette, Indiana, where a five-year-old boy, high on cocaine, fatally shot his 16-month-old brother, who was high on marijuana. The parents of the children, Deonta Jermaine Johnson and Shatia Tiara Welch, have been charged with neglect and various drug charges. The incident took place in March, when little Isiah Johnson tragically lost his life due to a gunshot wound to the head.

Autopsy reports revealed that he had marijuana in his blood, while his older brother tested positive for cocaine. Authorities discovered that Johnson was asleep at the time of the shooting, and Welch, a nursing graduate, was not present during the incident.

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Initially, Johnson denied owning a gun but later admitted that the children's mother, Welch, had a gun on the property.

However, Welch claimed that she usually kept it locked in a box under her bed, but had lost a second set of keys to it. Upon searching the property, police discovered a gun in the safe under a bed and another gun in a drawer of a dresser. Johnson was also charged with obstruction of justice for removing marijuana from the apartment before the arrival of the police. During the search, officers found 93 fentanyl pills, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in the apartment.

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Subsequently, Welch and Johnson were arrested on July 24. Welch posted on social media expressing her grief and how much she missed Isiah. The parents now face charges of neglect resulting in death, neglect resulting in bodily injury, and various drug-related charges. If convicted, they could face up to 40 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 for the neglect charges. The final charging decisions will be made by the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office. The tragic incident has left the community mourning the loss of Isiah.

Welch expressed her heartbreak on Facebook, describing the day of Isiah's funeral as the hardest day of her life. Both parents are currently in custody and await extradition to Lafayette, having been arrested in LaPorte City. The culmination of neglect, drugs, and firearms has resulted in unimaginable consequences, leading to the loss of a young child's life and a future filled with legal ramifications for his parents.

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