Mother found guilty in child's death

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A 23-year-old Baltimore woman was found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse yesterday in the starvation death of her 5-month-old daughter last year.

Porthingia Johnson of the 1700 block of Aliceanna St. told police she woke up on March 20, 1994 to find her daughter Alicia lifeless. She said she held the dead girl for two days before the father, Michael Johnson, returned to the apartment after being away for two weeks.

Johnson said she didn't know the girl was undernourished, according to her police statement. But she acknowledged she had last fed the girl the day before she died, and that was only a small amount of milk mixed with sugar.

She was charged with the death in April 1994 after the medical examiner ruled Alicia's death a homicide by neglect and malnutrition.

Sentencing is planned Aug. 15.

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