Deadly Affection

June 2, 2014

8900 block of Park Lane, Dallas

11:15 a.m.

  • Age: 1
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black
  • Manner of Death: Beating
  • Location: Their home
  • Address: 8900 block of Park Lane
  • City: Dallas
  • Neighborhood's Average Household Income: $60,757
Marquis Johnson killed June 2, 2014

Police believe the child died after his mother's 325-pound boyfriend fatally beat him. 

Marquis Johnson's mother, Claudia Johnson, told police that on the day before her son died, her live-in boyfriend, Clezel Montague Mughni, 27, took the toddler into the bathroom for “discipline." The next day she called paramedics when her son didn’t wake up.

An autopsy showed the boy suffered a skull fracture, multiple old and new rib fractures, liver damage, slit intestines, two black eyes and multiple injuries to the legs, buttocks and arms. Johnson told police Mughni punched the little boy 30 times in two months.

Police say Munghi may have also severely beaten Marquis' 2-year-old sister. The girl was hospitalized. 

Child Protective Services said Mughni had several previous neglect allegations against him with an ex-girlfriend’s children.

3 Community Comments

nr on July 29, 2014, 10:24 p.m.

What was the mothers punishment - she could see, hear, and knew how long the episode lasted. She's as guilty as he is? What did she do as her baby screamed in agony? Also what was his punishment - I'm not a proponent of an eye for an eye, except in cases such as these.

nr on July 29, 2014, 10:26 p.m.

Why weren't they charged with capital murder?

Sarah Mervosh on July 30, 2014, 2:07 p.m.

Hi "nr," I'm one of the reporters on this series. To answer your questions: Both the mother and her boyfriend were charged with injury to a child. Sometimes police do that because it is the easier charge to prove, but they can also upgrade the charges as they see fit. Thank you for reading.

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Suspect

  • Clezel Montague Mughni
  • Age: 27
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black
  • Relationship to Victim: Mother's boyfriend
  • Status: Charged with capital murder. The child's mother, Claudia Johnson, was also charged with injury to a child, allegedly for failing to intervene.