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Man charged after leaving 4-month-old baby in bar with person he didn’t know, docs show

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HOUSTON – A man has been charged after leaving a 4-month-old baby at a bar in northwest Houston Wednesday, court documents said.

Derrick Johnson Jr., 22, was charged with abandoning and endangering a child with intent to return. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault to a family member, and an assault family violence charge from a previous incident, court documents said.

His bond total was set at $140,000 — $40,000 for each aggravated assault charge, $30,000 for abandoning and endangering a child, and $30,000 for the assault family violence charge.

According to court documents, on June 29, Johnson left the baby at a bar across the street from 7302 Alabonson Dr. Authorities said the infant was exposed to an “unreasonable risk of harm” after the child was left with a stranger who did not know Johnson, the child, or the child’s mother, with the intent to return.

According to court records, Johnson has a history of domestic violence.

Court documents said Johnson threatened a family member and his girlfriend with a gun the same day the baby was left at the bar. On Nov. 9, 2021, court documents also allege the suspect choked a woman he was dating.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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