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NC mom, son charged after 'jealousy' attack kills infant son, police say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

An 11-year-old boy is facing felony child abuse charges after confessing to dropping his infant brother on his head three times, police say.

The infant's mother, Wendy Latwann Johnson, was charged earlier this week in the death of Camden Johnson in Charlotte.

The 7-month-old was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead.

Relatives say jealousy is why an 11 year-old brother purposely dropped 7 month old Camden on his head three times Saturday inside the family home on Suntrace Way.

Camden died from the injuries, which court records say included a hemorrhage to the right eye, injuries to both cheeks, the forehead, nose, back of head and lip.

Thursday, police announced they charged the 11 year-old brother with felony child abuse in Camden's death.

"We did not come to this decision lightly or come to this decision quickly." ," said CMPD Captain Cecil Brisbon, regarding both charges.

Camden's mother Wendy Johnson faces that same charge - and- was also arrested earlier this week for involuntary manslaughter in Camden's death.

The grandmother in the case, seen in video leaving the courthouse Tuesday, says due to 11 year-old's confession, charges against the mother should be reduced, saying Johnson is neither a child abuser nor child killer.

"The mother was not home at the time of the actual event," Brisbon said.

The 11-year-old has been charged as a juvenile. He's currently in his grandparents' custody.

Police say not being there for her kids when this happened played a role in their decision to charge Wendy Johnson.

So too, state statutes which include when someone dies by a culpably negligent act or omission.

"Understandably, the grandmother is upset with her daughter being charged and I understand that," said Brisbon, of the Charlotte Police.

" However, it goes back to what I've said before which is basically we charge based upon the total picture and charge everyone responsible in call cases and that's what this was, a case where ultimately the mother bears some responsibility for that action and therefore was criminally charged."

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