Disturbing autopsy results released in deaths of pregnant woman, son

Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark said the manner of death for both victims is homicide.
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 5:09 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2022 at 5:34 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office released the preliminary results of the autopsies that were done on a pregnant woman and her young son on Tuesday, March 15.

Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark said the manner of death for Kaylen Johnson, 24, is homicide. He added the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds. Clark confirmed she was pregnant at the time of her death.

Clark said the manner of death for Kaden Johnson, 2, is also homicide. He explained the toddler’s cause of death is pending further studies but hypothermia is suspected. He added no trauma was noted.

The day after the autopsy results showed Johnson was pregnant, the Baton Rouge Police Department officially filed an additional charge against Brynnen Murphy, 20, for first-degree feticide. He was initially arrested on Monday, March 14, on two counts of first-degree murder.

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The bodies of Kaylen Johnson and her son, Kaden Johnson, were found on Monday, March 14, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department. Kaylen Johnson’s body was discovered on Burbank Drive around noon, while the body of Kayden Johnson was located along Central Thruway minutes later, investigators said.

The family of Kaylen Johnson asked for Baton Rouge Police Department to do a wellness check on March 11 since she and her son had not been heard from since March 5. Family members added Murphy is Kaylen Johnson’s boyfriend and the father of her unborn child. Police said Murphy is not Kaden Johnson’s father.

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