Bakersfield man convicted in baby's murder

Man faces possible 25 years to life

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A man was convicted in of second-degree murder in Bakersfield on Tuesday.

On April 9, a Kern County jury convicted James Willis Johnson of second-degree murder, assault on a child under eight resulting in death, and felony child endangerment in the death of his 34-day-old baby, Jordan Johnson.

On Nov. 10, 2010, 34-day-old Jordan, was found dead in an apartment on Idaho Street.  Jordan had untreated and infected third-degree burns on his buttocks and genital areas.  An autopsy revealed each of his limbs were broken, he had fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, and a severe head injury.

The baby's mom, Denise Belmonte, was sentence on Jan.9, 2013, to 15 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.  Prosecutors filed charges against Belmonte for failing to protect her baby after learning of Johnson's ongoing abuse of the child.

Johnson faces a potential sentence of 25 years to life when he is scheduled to be sentenced on May 7.

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