DALLAS — A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with injury to a child in the death of a 14-month-old boy in Dallas and may face more charges in the case of a second injured child.
Maj. Rob Sherwin announced the news during a Dallas police conference Wednesday morning.
According to Sherwin, Clezel Mughni lived in an apartment with the two toddlers and their mother, 25-year-old Claudia Johnson. A second woman and her 4-year-old son also live at the apartment.
Police were first alerted to the case after 14-month-old Marquis Johnson died from blunt force trauma. Sherwin said the boy suffered injuries to his face and bruises were visible on his back and stomach.
While police investigated his death, his sister was taken to the hospital after she fell ill. Doctors discovered she suffered an abdominal injury and blunt force trauma. She underwent surgery and remains at Children's Medical Center.
Witnesses told police they saw Meghni, who is 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs 325 pounds, punch and spank the child on several occasions.
"The investigation continues on the second charge, the 2 year old," Sherwin said. "And then our other witness is going to be held responsible for this."
Mughni was charged with injury to a child in the death of Marquis and his bond was set at $500,000. An investigation into the injuries of the girl is underway and police said Mughni could face more charges.