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May 12, 2015 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Clarence Thomas (DOB 03/21/82) of 121 Ludlow Street, Yonkers, New York was sentenced today to an indeterminate term of four to twelve years in prison on his April 2015 guilty plea to:

  • one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,

On Sept. 18, 2014, Kayan Johns (DOB 07/24/81) of 3924 Wilder Avenue, Bronx, New York, pled guilty to:

  • one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

relating to the death of their six-month-old daughter, Natalia Johns.

Johns was sentenced to county jail.

On March 14, 2013 at approximately 6:00 a.m., Kayan Johns called 911 stating that her infant daughter, Natalia, had stopped breathing.

At the time medical personnel arrived at the house, the infant had no pulse. She was removed to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers and pronounced dead at 7:14 a.m.

The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy that revealed numerous injuries consistent with both old and new trauma to the child’s head.

The father, Clarence Thomas, was questioned by Yonkers detectives, giving various accounts of how the child could have sustained the numerous injuries.

The mother, Kayan Johns had noticed various bruising and other injuries on the infant but did not report it to authorities or try to get medical attention.
Additionally, Kayan Johns continued to allow the defendant to be the primary caretaker of the deceased and her other children while she worked.

Second Deputy District Attorney Patricia Murphy of the Superior Court Trial Division and Assistant District Attorney Mary Clark-DiRusso of the Special Prosecutions Division prosecuted the case.


Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas