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Autopsy: Toddler died of 'non-accidental' head injury

Posted April 2, 2011 11:41 a.m. EDT
Updated April 2, 2011 11:45 a.m. EDT

— A Wake Forest toddler, whose father is accused of killing her, died of a "non-accidental" head injury, according to autopsy results released Friday.

Authorities say that 14-month-old JaDajia A'Veyonce Wright died at UNC Hospitals on Dec. 7, 2010, after her father called 911 from a Wake Forest home, saying she wasn't moving.

The father, Johnathan Blake Perry, 23, of 330 Hazelwood Circle in Louisburg,  was charged with murder and intentional child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. He is being held without bond.

An autopsy by the state chief medical examiner found that JaDajia had significant brain swelling, along with hemorrhaging in her brain, eyes and chest. She also had bruises on her face, legs and lower lip and a superficial vaginal abrasion.

The head injuries were listed as the cause of death.

A search warrant states that Perry told a chaplain at UNC Hospitals that he gave his daughter a bottle as she sat on the couch and then went to the bathroom. When he returned about 10 minutes later, JaDajia was unresponsive, and when he picked her up, he thought he heard her neck snap, the affidavit states.

Perry is heard in the 911 call trying to revive the toddler as instructed by emergency dispatchers.

The girl was taken to WakeMed, then flown to UNC Hospitals. WakeMed officials called law enforcement because they suspected abuse.