APD Arrest: Felony Warrant, Charged with Aggravated Child Abuse

On Jan. 25, 2019, Auburn Police arrested Fredricus Rydell Johnson, age  24, from Auburn, on a felony warrant charging him with aggravated child  abuse.    

Law Enforcement was notified after the two-year-old victim was taken to a  hospital in Columbus, Georgia, and subsequently airlifted to Children's  Hospital in Birmingham for treatment of injuries. Medical professionals  considered her injuries to be suspicious and consistent with abuse. 

Further investigation confirmed the cause of the victim's injuries to be  intentional. Johnson, who resides at the residence with the child's  mother in the 1100 block of Northwood Drive in Auburn, was developed as a  suspect. He was the sole caregiver for the victim during the time of  the injury. He was located during a search of the residence, taken into  custody and later charged with aggravated child abuse.

The two-year-old victim remains in critical condition at Children's  Hospital in Birmingham, and the case remains under investigation by  Auburn Police and the Lee County Department of Human Resources. Johnson  was transported to the Lee County Detention Facility where his bond was  set at $30,000. However, he is being held without bond pending a 48/72 hour hearing.

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