Grandmother claims mother wasn't home when 7-month-old died

by: Eric Philips Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

A woman charged with killing her nearly 7-month-old son faced a judge Tuesday afternoon.

There are claims Wendy Johnson wasn't even home when the baby died.

When Johnson appeared in court, she only said a few words letting the judge know she wanted a public defender.

Outside the courtroom, Johnson's mother had plenty to say.

Debra Johnson Sanders did not want to speak on camera, but off camera she said her daughter was out running errands Saturday and was not home when Camden Johnson died.

She said he was home with another family member and that person is responsible for the baby's death.

Police said when they went to the home on Suntrace Way they found the infant unresponsive.

The child later died at the hospital.

Police said the child was physically assaulted.

Wendy Johnson is charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse serious bodily injury.

Johnson's mother says those charges should be reduced to neglect.

She said police interviewed the family member she says is responsible for the baby's death.

Channel 9 asked police and prosecutors about the possibility, but they would not comment.

Johnson is in jail without bond.

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