Nashville fugitive wanted in death of 2-week old arrested at Lincoln County hospital awaiting birth of another child

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – A Nashville fugitive, awaiting the birth of a child at a Lincoln County hospital, was taken into custody at the facility Wednesday for the 2020 death of his infant daughter in Tennessee.

A grand jury in Nashville recently indicted Johnathon Lemons on first-degree murder, aggravated child neglect and aggravated child abuse in the January 2020 death of his two-week old daughter, Harmony.

The infant died at Vanderbilt Hospital from a severe brain injury. The medical examiner listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

Authorities revealed that Harmony was in the sole custody of Johnathon Lemons on the night she began showing symptoms.

Initially, Lemons told a detective that he did not cause the injury and was certain there had been no accidents.  About a week later, Lemons requested a second interview during which he claimed to have tripped and dropped Harmony onto a carpeted floor, according to a press release from Nashville Metro Police.

Nashville Police tracked Lemons to a Stanford hospital Wednesday where his girlfriend was waiting to give birth.

The 25-year old is also on parole for an attempted murder conviction out of Knox County, Tennessee.

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