Though dying from mortal stabbing in his own bed Bruce Johnson Jr lived long enough to identify his assailant
The eleven-year-old boy died from injuries inflicted during a stabbing attack at home, in his own in bed, on Sunday in Hobbs, New Mexico
Johnson Jr told police his mother had stabbed him shortly before dying from his multiple stab wounds
Alleged killer Mary Johnson who was found unconscious, was hospitalized and treated for self-inflicted stab wounds to her chest, before being charged with first-degree murder
She had a history of violently abusing her son and was estranged from the family
Victim’s dad Bruce Johnson Sr, moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico to get away from his estranged wife Mary, who had abused their child
Father and son hadn’t seen her in 40 days, but allowed her to stay with them for a visit and she wound up killing her son
A young boy fatally stabbed in his own bed in New Mexico managed to reveal the identity of his killer to investigators with his dying breath.
Bruce Johnson Jr, 11, told police in hospital that it was his own mom had stabbed him, shortly before dying from his multiple stab wounds in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The boy’s father, Bruce Johnson Sr, had called 911 after awaking to screams and finding his son grievously wounded in their home in the town of Hobbs.
Johnson Sr also found Mary Johnson, the boy’s mother and his estranged wife, unconscious in another room with ‘self-inflicted’ stab wounds to the chest.
The boy’s father, Bruce Johnson Sr, had called 911 after awaking to screams and finding his son grievously wounded in their home in the town of Hobbs, New Mexico.
Emergency services arrived at 1am and rushed the pair to the local hospital, where Bruce Jr was pronounced dead at 4.19am.
Mary was stabilized and moved to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, where an arrest warrant was issued for her for first degree murder.
The Lea County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘Mr. Johnson told deputies that he was asleep when he heard his son screaming.’
They added: ‘He found his son in his room, lying on the bed suffering from stab wounds.
‘He went to call 911 when he discovered Mary was also stabbed, but she was unconscious in another room.
‘Mary suffered self-inflicted stab wounds to her chest.
‘Bruce Jr. was conscious upon arriving at the hospital, where he spoke with the investigator, advising his mom, Mary, had stabbed him.’
Bruce Jr’s father, Bruce Sr, moved to New Mexico from Oklahoma to get away from Johnson who had abused the child. She hadn’t seen him in 40 days, and he allowed her to stay with them for a visit where she killed him.
Investigators revealed that Bruce Sr had moved to Hobbs from Oklahoma, taking Bruce Jr with him over allegations that Mary had been abusing the boy.
Mary, who is thought to suffer from mental illness, was allegedly violent with their son with at least two incidents reported. This prompted the boy’s father to plan to file for divorce in an effort to safeguard the child.
Prior to the fatal stabbing, Mary had not seen her son in around 40 days and she was desperate to see him. Bruce Sr relented and permitted Mary to stay with them in order to spend time with Bruce Jr before the divorce went through.