Man accused of throwing toddler over fence appears in court

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) —  New details were revealed Wednesday morning in the case against Devonte Jamar Johnson, who is accused of throwing a 3-year-old over a fence during a police chase in Virginia Beach on Saturday. Johnson was in court for his bond hearing.

The young victim is reported to be the child of Johnson’s baby’s mother, who is currently three months pregnant with his child. Johnson was previously charged with burglary, larceny, and unlawful wounding and was on active probation when he was pulled over for speeding. He also had a 15 year prison sentence that was suspended. The Commonwealth’s Attorney cited those as reasons to deny bond, and the Judge agreed.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Johnson was going 74mph in a 55 zone on I-64 when a Virginia State Trooper pulled him over. Johnson took the Indian River Rd. exit and pulled into a parking lot. The suspect reportedly waited for the officer to get out of the patrol vehicle before taking off. A chase ensued down Providence Road, ultimately resulting in Johnson crashing his car.

The Officer approached the crash, and Johnson removed the child from his vehicle, telling the officer he was going to put the toddler in the Trooper’s car. Johnson then reportedly took off running with the child in his arms. The officer followed on foot.

Johnson approached a six to eight foot fence and threw the child over before attempting to climb it himself. That’s when the officer caught up with him and Johnson resisted arrest. The child had a bloody nose but is otherwise uninjured.

Johnson was denied bond, and the date of his next hearing will be decided on October 21.

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