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Execution set for convicted child killer

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Harve Johnson (file photo) Harve Johnson (file photo)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Gov. Tom Corbett signed an execution warrant Thursday for Harve Lamar Johnson, a York man convicted of fatally beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter in 2008.

Johnson, 32, is scheduled to die by lethal injection on September 10. He currently is imprisoned at the State Correctional Institution at Greene.

Johnson was convicted in November 2009 of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in York County Court for killing Darisabel Baez.

Darisabel died April 7, 2008, the day after police were called to the W. Philadelphia Street apartment where she lived with Johnson and her mother, Neida Baez.

Authorities said during the trial that Johnson was angry with Darisabel and beat her for nearly an hour because he believed she was playing on the stairs.

He struck the girl with a video game controller, whipped her with an electrical cord, and hit her in the face with her boot while she lay crying on the floor until she lost consciousness, authorities said.

An autopsy report later found that Darisabel sustained approximately 150 injuries to her head and body in the 24 hours before she was admitted to a hospital, where she spent a day in a coma before her death.

Darisabel's mother, Neida Baez, received a 5-10 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to third-degree murder. Prosecutors said she did nothing to stop Johnson or to protect her child from the abuse.

 

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