Sunday, May 26

Autopsy Rules 2019 Infants Death A Homicide

ASHEBORO NC – The N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has finalized the autopsy report for a four-month-old killed in Randolph County back in November of 2019.

On November 9th, 2019 the Guil-Rand Fire Department, Randolph County EMS, and Archdale officers responded to a home in Archdale where they found four-month-old Nevaeh Faith Johnson unresponsive on a mattress. Nevaeh was transported to High Point Regional and then was transferred to Brenner Children’s Hospital where she was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. Nevaeh would later be pronounced dead on November 12th, 2019.

An autopsy was conducted on Nov. 14th, 2019. The report notes various injuries such as rib fractures, dislocated clavicles, healing fractures in both femurs and fractures in her lower legs, fractures in both arms. as well as swelling of the brain and damage from chronic ear infections in both ears. The autopsy listed the cause of death as complications of blunt force injuries of the head. The medical examiners office ruled the child’s death as a homicide with the report finalized on April 9th, 2021.

  Newsome and Johnson (Photo provided by Randolph County Sheriff's Office)
Newsome and Johnson (Photo provided by Randolph County Sheriff’s Office)

Arrest warrants were obtained for Newsome and Johnson on Dec. 17th, 2019. Newsome was arrested on outstanding felony warrants in Spartanburg, SC He was also charged with burglary by Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office. Johnson was located and arrested in Lexington. The pair are currently being held at the Randolph County Jail. Johnson has been charged with Felony Child Abuse and Homicide. No court date has been set in the case.