A Lake Isabella man charged with murder in his infant daughter's death admitted to pressing the girl's face into a mattress while squeezing her neck until she stopped breathing, according to court documents.
Michael Ianvan Johnson, 24, is being held on $1 million bail in the killing of 9-month-old Seraphim Ould-Johnson.
Kern County sheriff's deputies were called June 23 to a residence in the 2600 block of Crestview Avenue to a report of a child not breathing, a coroner's release said. Seraphim was taken to Kern Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
An autopsy determined cause of death was acute neck compression.