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Johnson v. United States

Court of Appeals of The District of Columbia

May 9, 2019

Adrienne JOHNSON, Appellant,
v.
UNITED STATES, Appellee.

         Submitted January 29, 2019

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          Appeal from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (DVM-625-17) (Hon. Judith A. Smith, Trial Judge)

          Sweta Patel was on the brief for appellant.

         Jessie K. Liu, United States Attorney, and Elizabeth Trosman, Nicholas P. Coleman, Janani Iyengar, and Kristina L. Ament, Assistant United States Attorneys, were on the brief for appellee.

         Before Beckwith and McLeese, Associate Judges, and Nebeker, Senior Judge.

          OPINION

         Nebeker, Senior Judge

          Following a bench trial in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court, appellant Adrienne Johnson was found guilty of attempted second-degree cruelty to children and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon (PPW). Appellant argues that the trial court erred when it denied her motion to suppress her statements to the police and that the evidence was insufficient to support her convictions. For the following reasons, we affirm.

          I.

          On May 14, 2017, appellant beat her thirteen-year-old son A.J. with a wooden stick about the size of a broomstick. Appellant repeatedly hit A.J. with the stick while he sat on the floor in the corner of his room and raised his left arm to block his face. The stick broke during the beating, and appellant continued to strike A.J. with the two broken pieces. As a result of the ...


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