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Suzanne Johnson

Years served: 21

County of Conviction

Los Angeles

Convicted of

Assault on a Child Causing Death


25 Years to Life


April 3, 2020

Suzanne Johnson was wrongfully convicted of the death of a child she was providing childcare to.  The child fell out of a highchair, and appeared fine, but ultimately injuries from the fall caused her death.  The jury did not believe the fall was the cause of death, Suzanne was convicted of assault on a child causing death, and she was sentenced to 25 years to life. 


Modern science relating to baby deaths supported Suzanne’s claim of innocence, and in 2020 Governor Newsom granted her clemency petition.  She was freed after spending 21 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. For more information about Suzanne’s case go to:

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