Clarksville nurse accused of abusing 6-year-old foster child with traumatic brain injury

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A nurse in Clarksville is facing multiple charges for alleged abuse and neglect of a six-year-old foster child with a traumatic brain injury. 

Lorie Johnson, 62, is charged with child abuse and neglect. 

According to Clarksville Police, the CPD Special Victims Unit began investigating Johnson after the child’s foster parents noticed the child was crying more than normal. They reviewed in-home video surveillance recordings and found multiple troubling instances and decided to turn the footage over to police. 

The six-year-old girl, who is non-ambulatory and non-verbal, sustained a traumatic brain injury during a car crash when she was two years old. 

Detectives said Johnson can be seen on video throwing an object at the child that hit her in the face/head. In another instance, the child can be seen shaking violently or jerking ‘as if she had been hit/shoved.”

In a third incident, the woman allegedly picks up the child and throws her on the ground — causing the child to hit her head and start crying. The foster mom told police the child hit the ground with such force that she could hear a “thud” from another room in the home. 

Johnson was released from the Montgomery Co. Jail after posting a $25,000 bond. 

If you have more information about the suspect, please contact Clarksville Detective Fatula at 931-648-0656 ext. 5375.

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