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“SpongeBob made me do it.”
In a new episode of Fox Nation’s “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” the podcast host and guests try to unravel the chilling story of a Michigan mother who told police that cartoon character SpongeBob Squarepants had asked him to stab and kill her. old girl.
“I have prosecuted many violent crimes against children and these crimes are ones you will never forget,” Grace said on the podcast.
Justine Johnson, 22, who has been charged with first degree murder and child abuse, is accused of killing and disposing of the body of Sutton Mosser. She claims that during heroin withdrawal, she received television “messages” threatening to kill her if she did not kill her own child.
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Justine’s two brothers began searching for Johnson and Mosser after the older brother came home from work to find the mother and child missing. Johnson had recently moved in with the family so they could help care for the child. It was 4 a.m. on September 16, 2021, when Justine’s two brothers discovered a human foot sticking out of a trash bag behind the Oscoda Township home.
“The child is completely abandoned. This is a tragic case because there is a disconnect between mother and child,” former police chief Dan Corsentino said.
Atlanta-based psychiatrist Dr. Angela Arnold added that she believes the way the body was thrown away indicates the mother may be suffering from some type of attachment disorder, such as post depression. -partum. She refuted the idea that this excuses the actions of the attacker.
“It ultimately shows a lack of attachment between mother and child,” Dr. Arnold said.
Early that morning, investigators quickly recovered Sutton’s body, which had been wrapped in a quilt and a pair of jeans. Police investigated the house and found bloodstains on a closet door, sofas and various other items in one of the bedrooms in the house. Three blood-soaked knives were also found.
Shortly after, Johnson was arrested by police on her way back to her mother’s house. She was reportedly “emotionless” and “calm”, but later told police she had gone to her own flat to try to kill herself after taking her daughter’s.
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Johnson’s defense team is likely to come up with a crazy defense for his client. Official transcripts claim Johnson told authorities she was going through drug withdrawal, complete with weeks of insomnia and hallucinations before her daughter died.
But, Grace says much of Johnson’s evidence and statements “completely torpedo” any chance of a not-guilty-due-to-insanity plea ever happening. To learn more about Grace’s reasoning and the intricacies of this “heinous” crime, you can watch the podcast on Fox Nation.
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