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Durham Teen Sentenced for Scalding Baby

Posted June 3, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A Durham teenager will spend at least the next two years behind bars for killing her baby.

A Durham judge gave 19-year-old Lakesha Johnson the maximum penalty. Last year she held the 8-week-old girl under scalding hot water. The infant died of her injuries a few days later.

In her defense, Johnson's attorneys said post-partum depression caused her actions, but prosecutors said that was no excuse.