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Father, fiancee charged in 3-year-old's death

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Although details are not known at this time, the incident that led to Harris being hospitalized, and ultimately dying, occurred at a mobile home off of Harris Road in Scott County. Although details are not known at this time, the incident that led to Harris being hospitalized, and ultimately dying, occurred at a mobile home off of Harris Road in Scott County.
3-year-old Samaria Harris died Saturday in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  (Source: gofundme.com) 3-year-old Samaria Harris died Saturday in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. (Source: gofundme.com)
Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee says Lamonica Johnson has been charged with capital murder. (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee says Lamonica Johnson has been charged with capital murder. (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee says Samaria's father, 38-year-old Sedrick Harris, is charged with felony child abuse. (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee says Samaria's father, 38-year-old Sedrick Harris, is charged with felony child abuse. (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
SCOTT COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Scott County father and his fiancee are facing charges in the death of the man's 3-year-old daughter.

According to Scott County Coroner Joe Bradford, 3-year-old Samaria Harris died Saturday in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she had been since May 1.

Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee says Samaria's father, 38-year-old Sedrick Harris, is charged with felony child abuse.

Sedrick Harris' fiancee, 25-year-old Lamonica Johnson, was arrested Wednesday and charged with capital murder and felony child abuse. Johnson's four children are now in the custody of the Mississippi Department of  Human Services.

Johnson wasn't granted bond. Sedrick Harris' bond was set at $100,000.

Samaria's death was ruled a homicide after the results of an autopsy performed earlier this week revealed she died from blunt force trauma.

"Doctors from UMC as well as from autopsy reports we received back show the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. That has been what we've continued to investigate since the date this started," Sheriff  Lee said. "This is actually a capital murder case. In a capital murder case the person charged can receive the death penalty or receive life."

The coroner says the case was referred to his office by the Hinds County Coroner upon discovering where the original incident that reportedly led to the child's death took place.

Wednesday the Scott County Sheriff's Department received a search warrant for a mobile home on Harris Road that belongs to Sedrick Harris and Johnson. Although details are not known at this time, investigators believe the incident that led to Samaria being hospitalized, and ultimately dying, occurred at the mobile home.

"The Scott County Sheriff's Department received a call on [May 1] mid-morning at 11:41. They were dispatched to Lackey Hospital here in Forest. From there it appeared a child had been severely hurt. From there the child was flown to UMC," Sheriff Lee said.

Johnson reportedly has a previous criminal record. She was arrested in 2010 for aggravated assault, according to the sheriff.

Wednesday, a woman who only identified herself as Johnson's mother spoke with WLBT and Fox 40.

"I don't want any part of this. I knew the child for a couple of months and whatever happen, it's a tragic situation," the woman said.

According to a family member, a visitation is planned for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dunlap & Thames Funeral Home in Newton. Samaria's funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at Whitestone Missionary Baptist Church in Lawrence.

Samaria will then be taken to Biloxi for a visitation at 9 a.m. and funeral service at 11 a.m. at Amazing Grace Missionary Baptist Church.

According to a gofundme.com page for Samaria, Samaria's mother is from Biloxi.

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