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Man convicted of killing infant son dies an Iowa inmate

January 2, 2019

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A man convicted in 1980 of killing his infant son has died at an Iowa prison facility.

The Iowa Corrections Department said in a news release Wednesday that Kevin Johnson was pronounced dead of natural causes on Monday evening in a hospice room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. He’d been housed there because of chronic illness. He was 64.

Johnson had been serving a life sentence after being found guilty in Pottawattamie County District Court of first-degree murder.

The body of Kevin Johnson Jr. was found July 17, 1989, buried in a wooded area behind the family’s home in Council Bluffs, less than three weeks after he’d been killed. An autopsy showed the 2-month-old died of blunt trauma to his head.

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