Clarksville woman charged with child abuse and neglect

Posted at 2:36 PM, Jun 05, 2019

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Clarksville woman has been charged with child abuse and neglect after multiple instances of harming a child.

Clarksville Police were called to the 6-year-old girl's residence yesterday by her foster parents.

Having suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was 2, the child is non-ambulatory and non-verbal. Because of this, when the foster parents noticed the girl crying more, they were worried.

After reviewing in-home surveillance footage, the foster parents discovered their home health care nurse, Lori Johnson, throwing items at the child among other incidents.

The video showed Johnson throwing an object at the child, hitting her in the face or head. Another incident showed the child being picked up and thrown to the ground, hitting her head in the process. Police say the foster mother claimed to be able to hear the thud of the girl's head hitting the floor from a different room.

Johnson was booked into the Montgomery County jail yesterday and had a bond of $25,000. She bonded out later that day.

Anyone with information on this case can contact Detective Fatula at (931) 648-0656, ext. 5375.