35-Day-Old Baby Found Dead With Burns, Broken Bones

Parents Arrested

A 35-day-old baby is dead, and his parents have been arrested in connection with the death.

The Bakersfield Police Department was called out at about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday to a home in the 2700 block of Idaho Street regarding a baby not breathing.

Police said Jordan Johnson, was transported to Kern Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Jordan Johnson was found to have fractured limbs and suspicious burns, Sgt. Mary DeGeare said.

Subsequent interviews led to the arrest of both parents, Denise Belmonte, 21, and James Willis Johnson Jr., 31, on charges of felony child endangerment.

Belmonte and James Johnson were booked into the Kern County Jail.

Johnson told 23ABC in an emotional jail house interview that the burns Jordan suffered were from a bath his mother had given him several weeks ago. Johnson told 23ABC that the water in his home is either ice cold or scolding hot.

Johnson told 23ABC that he has no idea how Jordan could've suffered the broken bones.

According to the Kern County coroner, an autopsy was conducted Thursday and Jordan died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries with cutaneous third-degree burns.

Johnson was arrested on 2 counts of threaten with intent to terrorize, willful cruelty to child likely to produce great bodily injury/death and conspire to commit a crime.

Belmonte was arrested on charges of willful cruelty to child likely to produce great bodily injury/death and conspire to commit a crime.

The investigation is continuing.

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