Deonta Johnson, Shatia Welch, charged with fatal neglect

Deonta Johnson, on the left, and Shatia Welch, on the right, appear inset against the apartment complex where their 1-year-old was killed by their 5-year-old. (La Porte County Jail; Screengrab via WTHR)

The Indiana parents of a 1-year-old boy shot and killed by his 5-year-old brother earlier this year have been arrested and charged in connection with his tragic death, court records show.

Deonta Jermaine Johnson, 27, and Shatia Tiara Welch, 24, stand accused of myriad crimes related to the March 28 killing of Isiah Johnson at the family’s apartment on Westchester Lane in Lafayette – a medium-sized city located some 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Each parent is charged with one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, two counts of neglect resulting in endangerment, and one count each of neglect resulting in bodily injury, conspiracy to commit dealing a narcotic drug, dealing a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic, conspiracy to commit dealing marijuana, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia, according to Tippecanoe Superior Court records reviewed by Law&Crime.

Johnson has also been charged with one count of obstructing justice.

Deonta Johnson, Shatia Welch, charged with fatal neglect

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