Crime

Cops: Toddler Dies After Rape By 30-Year-Old Tulsa Man

| by Nik Bonopartis
Cody Alan Johnson.Cody Alan Johnson.

In what police described as one of the most horrifying acts of sexual abuse they've ever seen, a one-year-old Oklahoma girl died after she was allegedly raped by her mother's boyfriend.

Cody Alan Johnson, 30, called his girlfriend, the girl's mother, on Nov. 5 and told her to come home from work because her daughter was badly injured, Oklahoma's KOTV reported. Johnson claimed the baby, Sawyer Paige Jefferson, had slipped on her pajamas and fell on a toy.

He repeated that story for doctors at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, who were immediately skeptical.

Sawyer was in cardiac arrest when she was brought to the hospital. Her face was bruised, as well as her vagina and rectum, which were also bleeding, according to a police report cited by Tulsa World. The internal trauma was consistent with “extensive forcible penetration," according to the police report.

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Doctors placed the badly injured baby on life support, but she died later that evening.

Police say they don't believe Sawyer's mother knew about the abuse. Johnson was the only one home at the time in the condo the couple shared. Police are awaiting the results of a DNA test collected from the victim.

The brutality of the injuries inflicted on Sawyer shocked even veteran cops, according to Cpl. Greg Smith, head of Tulsa Police Department's Child Crisis Unit.

"We've seen some pretty badly beaten and abused kids over the years, but this one's pretty bad," Smith told KOTV. 

Johnson was initially charged with two felonies for sexual and physical abuse of a child, but authorities added a first-degree murder charge when the victim died later that night, Tulsa World reported.

Johnson has prior felony convictions for driving while intoxicated and possessing stolen property, according to Tulsa World. He was jailed and held on $200,000 bail.

Sources: KOTV (2), Tulsa World / Photo credit: Tulsa World