Jury decides fate of man accused of abducting child, assaulting mother

LARAMIE COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A 26-year-old Cheyenne man accused of abducting a 1-year-old child and assaulting the child's pregnant mother has been in court this week. Mijito Johnson, pleaded not guilty to three charges, including aggravated assault, assault on a pregnant woman, and interference with custody.

On Thursday afternoon the jury reconvened from recess with the verdict. Johnson was found guilty of interference with custody and not guilty on the two assault charges.

Johnson, was arrested in Aurora, Colorado, on April 11, 2019, after Cheyenne Police said he struck his pregnant girlfriend multiple times and fled with her son. An Amber Alert was issued after Johnson took the child without the mother's consent.

In April, the mother said Johnson assaulted her. Now, she says the bruises on her body were from rough sexual encounters. The woman says the reason why she said Johnson hit her and took her baby was because she "was full of pregnancy hormones and rage". District Attorney Manlove said there were 275 phone calls between Johnson and the woman between April and August, while Johnson was in the county detention facility, and Johnson used that time to manipulate the woman into changing her story.

The Laramie County District Attorney claimed Johnson’s name is not on the birth certificate and that he kidnapped the child, driving all the way to Denver without a car seat.

During direct examination, the Defense said Johnson, is a loving father who simply took the child to spend time with the child.