Seraphim Ould-Johnson was known as a happy and angelic 9-month-old who always lit up a room, but in June 2017, her life was snuffed out.
According to People, police were summoned to the California home of the Ould-Johnson family in Lake Isabella when their young daughter stopped breathing.
Little Seraphim was rushed to a nearby Kern Valley Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.Olivia Delgado/GoFundMe
Her death was later ruled a homicide caused by “acute neck compression,” also known as strangulation, KERO reports.
And eyes soon turned toward a suspect — Seraphim’s father, 24-year-old Micheal Ianvan Johnson.
According to the Bakersfield Californian, court documents state the father admitted to pressing the little girl’s face into her mattress and squeezing her neck until she was no longer breathing.
And on February 6, eight months after the toddler lost her life, Johnson was arrested for the murder and assault of a child under 8 years old.
But the toddler’s mother, Katrina Ould-Johnson, is now jumping to her husband’s defense.Olivia Delgado/GoFundMe
The mother told KERO that Seraphim’s death was a “huge accident” and that she actually died when her husband attempted to give the baby girl CPR.
Investigators have yet to release exact details surrounding the toddler’s death, but the father will head to court later this week, People reports.
A GoFundMe called “Honoring Baby Seraphim” was created on behalf of the mother and has since raised more than $2,000.
But now, it seems some are concerned the money will go toward her husband’s legal defense. One user commented:
Why are you people giving money to a murderer?
Another user asked:
Are you using this money for your husbands defense?
Johnson is currently being held behind bars for the charges on $1 million bail. It’s unclear how the mother intends to use the GoFundMe donations.