Darisabel Leanna Baez
April 5, 2006 - April 7, 2008
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Another mother has sent her child to God, by allowing her boyfriend to abuse the child to death. Two year old Darisabel Leanna Baez is now an Angel because her mother, Neida Baez thought it was more important to have a man in her life, than to stop the beating her  daughter was being given by Harve Johnson. Using a video game
controller, Harve Johnson beat this beautiful little girl to death and wouldn't even say why.

"The mother obviously knew that the beating was occurring and she did nothing to stop the
beating. She didn't have the moral fortitude to make a 911 call," 
Lt. Ron Comacho

Darisabel was already in critical condition when the police were called to the home of Neida Baez. Police say that Darisabel was unresponsive when they arrived at the home on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Neida told police that her boyfriend had been physically abusing her daughter for months. On that Sunday, he had become angry and just started beating her with the game controller and cord. Neida didn't do anything to help her.

"Unfortunate that someone would get that angry at a child and abuse the child period … 
It's rare and it's a very sad day,"
Lt. Ron Comacho

"She heard the beating take place.  said. Her crime is she did nothing to protect her child." 
Detective Dana Ward

Harve and Neida were both arrested and if they would have made bail, they were legally not allowed to have contact with Darisabel.

On April 7, 2008, Darisabel died as a result of the beating she was given by Harve. Harve had admitted that he had beat her with the video game controller, though he would not say why he did it. Neida said that she had heard her daughter scream while he was beating her, she didn't do anything to stop him. Darisabel had turned two years old only two days earlier.

Harve Johnson, who was 26 years old, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment in the beginning. After Darisabel was taken off of life support and died, Harve was charged with homicide and his bail was set at $200,000.

Neida Baez, who was 19 years old, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child for failing to help her daughter by stopping the beating or getting the child help. Neida was taken to jail and her bond was set at $25,000. and though family members were not willing to talk to anyone about the case, no one knew if either of them had a lawyer. On September 5, 2008, both Harve and Neida were arraigned in court. Neida Elizabeth Baez, at the age of 25, made a plea deal and was found guilty of third degree murder and her sentence was five to ten years in prison.

Margarita Torres was holding a small, plaster cast of a child's hand. The hand belongs to her granddaughter, Darisabel. As she hold the hand she begins to cry:

"I can't believe this is happening to me. She was so beautiful, so happy. She was a happy baby."



The cast was made the day her granddaughter died. Margarita says she can't believe her daughter allowed Harve to abuse her daughter, saying that her daughter loved children, especially her own daughter.Margarita says that things were fine until Neida began to date Herve in November and then she was no longer allowed to see Darisabel:

"I knew something was not right"

Margarita was with Darisabel when she was taken off of life support and when she died after that. Torres was with Darisabel when she died at Hershey Medical Center after being taken off life support.

"I was praying for a miracle. I said 'God, give it to me"



The Dauphin County Coroner who performed the autopsy said that he had a hard time finding any part of Darisabel's body that did not show some sign of trauma.

Darisabel was buried on April 12, 2008 at the Mr. Rose Cemetery. Her biological father attended her funeral after flying in from New York.


Update:

A petition filed on January 30, 2009, challenges the states intention to seek the death penalty against Harve L. Johnson, who was 27 years years old at that time. The petition says that prosecutors are not required to question potential jurors about their beliefs or feelings on the death penalty or mitigating circumstances that would be in
consideration during the penalty phase of his trial should he actually be convicted.

This monster is also asking the court to throw out testimony that was given by a forensic pathologist who stated that Darisabel had been tortured before she was killed. Harve also wasn't to keep evidence out of court showing that he told a police officer that he had beaten her pretty bad, with a belt, the day before she died.

It was also revealed that Harve beat her with the video controller due to being angry that her dirty diaper exploded onto the carpet while he was spanking her.

UPDATE:

In April of 2013, Harve Lamar Johnson, who was then 28 years old, was sentenced to death for killing Darisabel.

Less than a week after Governor Tom Corbett signed his execution warrant, Harve filed a stay of execution. Michael Wiseman had applied to be appointed as his lawyer and in the motion he said that a stay of execution was needed in order for him to review the case:

"This stay of execution is required to ensure that  Mr. Johnson is afforded a meaningful
opportunity
to properly investigate, research, prepare and litigate his review petition"

Harve was scheduled to be executed in September, but it could be delayed if the stay is granted.

UPDATE: November 11, 2014

While searching for updates on this story, I was unable to find out if there had been a stay of execution or if Harve had actually been executed.

Death Occurred in the state of Pennsylvania

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