Man wanted for the murder of 5-month-old son turns himself in to Baltimore police

A man wanted for the killing of his five-month-old son turned himself in to Baltimore Police, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Perry Nelson-Johnson, 31, who faces murder charges in the death of Emmanuel Johnson, turned himself in to Warrant Apprehension Task Force officers, said police spokesman T.J. Smith. Police announced Nelson-Johnson as a suspect on Monday, and released his picture, asking for the public's help locating him.

Nelson-Johnson is charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, and multiple child-abuse charges, police said.

Police said Nelson-Johnson, who is blind in one eye and uses a walking stick, used "a blunt object" — possibly the walking stick — to inflict the injuries on the boy.

Nelson-Johnson's defense attorney Brandon Mead, said Tuesday that his client is innocent and never injured his son.

"He's absolutely devastated by the loss of his son," Mead said.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

Officers discovered the boy unconscious Friday morning in the family's home in the 1600 block of N. Smallwood St. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.

His death was ruled a homicide by "multiple blunt force trauma to the head" by a medical examiner, police said.

Mead said Nelson-Johnson and the boy's mother have several children together and have lived together. He said his client was blinded when he was shot in the face in 2012.

On Tuesday, Mead said Nelson-Johnson showed him photos of his son. "Very clearly a loving and caring father," he said.

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