WILKES-BARRE — City police detectives want to know what Tamika Harley Johnson posted on her Facebook page before and after her 8-week-old grandson, Antonio Evans, died from suspicious injuries earlier this month.
Investigators obtained a search warrant Monday for Harley Johnson’s Facebook account for postings and deleted material since Sept. 1. The warrant was signed by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.
At least three search warrants have been issued in the case.
Antonio was found by city paramedics laying on a table in the family’s rented home at 351 N. Washington St. on Oct. 13. The baby was unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing and turning blue, according to the search warrant affidavits.
Because family members were present and the scene became chaotic and potentially dangerous, the affidavits say, paramedics removed the baby and rushed to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where, “despite heroic efforts” by hospital staff, he died.
Police noted in the affidavits that Antonio showed bruising under the eyes, with the left side bruising being more pronounced than the right, a bruise or injury to the upper lip and a deep bruise that covered nearly the entire buttocks area.
Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman believed the injuries were the result of some type of abuse or assault.
The warrant list the offense as criminal homicide; however, no charges have been filed against anyone.
The warrant list Harley Johnson, 33, William Johnson, 49, as occupants of the North Washington Street house. Another court document filed in county court states the couple and Lamika Evans are the occupants.
Despite no charges being filed, Harley Johnson, Johnson and Evans applied and were granted attorneys from the county Public Defender’s Office and conflict attorneys.
Harley Johnson’s last Facebook post on Oct. 1 references the result of an online game. She did post photos of Antonio after his birth and posted a comment on Aug. 13: “My First Grandson. I’m still in shock. LOL but at the end of the day, this lil man stolen my heart. Grandma love u lil Ant. God Bless U Lil Man.”
Investigators believe Harley Johnson “may have communicated with others and posted pictures on Facebook pertaining to Antonio Evans and/or Lamika Evans, prior to and after the death of Antonio Evans,” according to the affidavit.
Other warrants were issued for Antonio’s medical records and for the North Washington Street house for a possible gun.