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Family of killed infant speaks out in support of accused mother

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Neighbors came to the Johnson family home on Sonja Drive with heavy hearts to lay flowers, tie balloons and say a prayer for 7-month-old Astrid Johnson. Clarksville Police say the baby girl was killed by her mother, 24-year-old Stefany Johnson, on Friday.

A close relative of Johnson's say her family doesn't believe she is capable of this, and they are trying to understand what happened. Johnson's attorney, Chris Clark, spoke on behalf of the family. "Obviously they are in shock," Clark said. "They are not only dealing with the loss of a young child. They are having to mourn that loss, and they are also having to deal with someone they love and know is incapable of doing the things they say have been done."

Early Friday morning, Clarksville Police responded to a call of a naked women in the road yelling and screaming, according to a Montgomery County affidavit. When police arrived, they found Johnson uncooperative and belligerent, documents say. When officers went into Johnson's house, they found baby Astrid dead on the sofa.

Johnson was taken to the hospital, where she told police that she was "giving Astrid a bath, and Jesus came down and took Astrid to heaven." It is news her family can't comprehend. "They've got more questions than answers," Clark said. "It's going to take some time to have those questions answered," he added.

Astrid's husband is in the military, currently deployed in Afghanistan, the affidavit says.

Johnson's family is asking for privacy as they try to come to terms with the tragedy. "The family stands behind Ms. Johnson 100 percent, and they are going to do everything they can to try to show her innocence in this," Clark said.

Neighbors say the couple also has a school-aged child, but did not know where the child is. Johnson is set to appear in court at the beginning of this week.

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