Mother, boyfriend charged with death of 23-month-old toddler

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DENVER — A mother and her boyfriend have been formally charged with the death of 23-month-old Javion Johnson, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Candice Lampley, 29, and DeLonta Crank, 36, have been charged with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.

Homicide investigators were called to St. Joseph’s Hospital in a possible child abuse case July 8. Javion Johnson was dropped off at the hospital and brought to the emergency room that day. He died at the hospital.

Police follow-up on the vehicle that transported the child to the hospital led them to an apartment complex at 17th Avenue and Franklin Street.

That’s where officers arrested Crank and Lampley on charges of child abuse, pending the results of an autopsy.

Earl Lampley, the boy’s grandfather, said the death could have been prevented.

“This is the second incident … one on the Fourth of July. I didn’t say anything, but he had a burn on his leg and it was so deep — you could see the flesh,” Lampley said. “I didn’t do what I was supposed to do; now he ain’t here.”

Crank and Lampley remain in custody and are being held without bond. Their court date has not yet been set.

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