Monday, 15 July 2019 11:48

Man Indicted in Death of 2-year-old Boy

July 15, 2019 – A 41-year-old man has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse and neglect in the death last year of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Alan Johnson is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail.
Investigators said that on Oct. 10 last year, police were called to Johnson’s residence in the 3600 block of Kings Arms St. near Emerald Park where paramedics were giving CPR to 2-year-old Dylan Meeks.
Johnson said he had been playing with the child by throwing him in the air and catching him. He said that on the last throw the boy slipped and Johnson caught him by his ankle. He said he swung the child to keep him from hitting the ground, but that his head went back and he became unresponsive.
The boy was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital where the medical staff determined he had a fractured skull, swelling on the brain, internal injuries broken ribs and rectal bleeding. Doctors said the injuries were inconsistent with Johnson’s account.
The boy died two days later. An autopsy showed the boy also had new and healing rib fractures and lacerations on several organs.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Eric Christensen and Asst. Dist. Atty. Dru Carpenter of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.