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July 28, 2014

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Woman arrested in death of 1-year-old girl

Police investigating infant's death

Metro Police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl early Saturday morning after she was brought to UMC with extensive injuries.

A woman was arrested in California on Wednesday in the death of an infant who was taken to University Medical Center earlier this month with extensive injuries, Metro Police said.

Mariann Harris, 23, was taken into custody late Wednesday night at the home of a relative in Victorville, Calif., police said. She was arrested on Metro warrants on counts of first-degree murder, child abuse and child abuse with a deadly weapon, police said.

Just before midnight on Aug. 12, Metro Police responded to the hospital after being informed that a 1-year-old girl had been brought to UMC, where she later died of extensive injuries, police said.

The child previously has been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as Dyon Johnson.

After investigation by Metro’s Abuse and Neglect Detail and Homicide Section, it was determined that Harris had been caring for the child at her residence at the time, police said.

Metro Police previously said the child had been in the custody of the caregiver, but there were multiple people at the caregiver’s residence around the time the injuries occurred.

Harris was in custody at the San Bernardino County Jail awaiting extradition to Las Vegas, police said.

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