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Yonkers Parents Indicted in Infant's Death: Prosecutors

A Yonkers father was indicted on murder charges after his daughter stopped breathing in March

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    A Yonkers father has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of his 6-month-old daughter this winter. The baby's mother is charged with child endangerment.
    The Westchester County district attorney's office announced the indictments Monday. The father, Clarence Thomas, and the mother, Kayan Johns, pleaded not guilty at arraignments last week.

    The 32-year-old mother called 911 on March 14, saying baby Natalia Johns had stopped breathing. Natalia was pronounced dead on arrival at a Yonkers hospital.
    Medical examiners found evidence of repeated injuries to her head.
    Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Thomas gave various accounts of how the baby might have been injured. The DA's office says Johns noticed bruises on the baby for months but did nothing about it.
    The Legal Aid Society didn't immediately return a call Monday.

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