San Leandro Woman Arrested For Murder Of Disabled Daughter

SAN LEANDRO (BCN) — A San Leandro woman has been arrested for allegedly murdering her 8-year-old daughter in what appears to have been a botched murder-suicide, according to police.

About 1 p.m. Friday, police responded to the 1300 block of Leonard Drive after being contacted by a woman who was a care provider for the little girl. The girl suffered from physical and mental disabilities, police said.

The woman told officers that she found the mother and child inside a car in the home’s garage with a running motor and a hose leading from the tail pipe to the interior, according to police.

The mother was conscious when the care provider found her, but the girl was not, police said.

Alameda County fire officials transported mother and child to local hospitals. Subsequently, the girl was pronounced dead by medical staff.

The mother, 53-year-old Christel Johnson, is expected to survive, police said.

This case is being actively investigated as the third homicide in San Leandro this year, according to police.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

Comments

More From CBS San Francisco

Super Bowl 50
Get Your Tickets To CBS Radio's The Night Before Now!Follow along as two of the biggest names in rock join forces #TheNightBefore the big game!

Listen Live