New York man kills his infant daughter with one punch to her face

Lawrence Johnson 
By: Debbi Gross 

A cruel man blamed his wife for the killing of his little daughter.

A Bronx, New York man who beat his little daughter in the face, killing her, was sentenced to prison, officials said Tuesday.

Lawrence Johnson, 31, was convicted of second-degree murder in the December 1, 2006 death of 3-month-old Jayla. Johnson tried to blame the baby's death on a young child who lived with him and his wife, saying the older child with a toy hit Jayla, police said. But police said he hit the baby

when she was sleeping in her face in his apartment on E. 181st St. because he was angry about being nagged by his wife.

Johnson, who has several other children, had been fired from his job as a drug counselor shortly before the shocking incident took place. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison by the Bronx Supreme Court judge Pedro Benitez.