Central Florida Father Accused of Suffocating Infant Daughter

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A 20-year-old man is accused of suffocating his infant daughter.

Largo police say Stephen Johnson was arrested Tuesday night after detectives conducted a follow up interview regarding the death of 8-week-old Leah Johnson.

According to police, Johnson said he found the baby face down and unresponsive on the couch July 24 after he woke up from taking a nap with her.

She was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead.

Johnson is accused of forcing the child's face into his chest and shoulder area until she stopped breathing.

Johnson is charged with first-degree murder and remains in the Pinellas County Jail. Records don't indicate whether he's hired an attorney.

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