Update: Boyfriend suspected in murder of pregnant girlfriend, baby

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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated Thursday, March 21
After several days of investigating, Kentucky State Police identified a suspect in the murder of a pregnant woman.

Geri Johnson died Sunday of a gunshot wound. Her baby girl was delivered alive but died Tuesday night.

Police said her boyfriend, Daniel Nantz, 29, of Woodbine is the primary murder suspect.

He is already in the Laurel County Detention Center on unrelated federal drug charges. According to a federal affidavit, Nantz is a suspect in an undercover investigation that resulted in the sale of meth from a source in Louisville to people in Corbin.

"From the get-go this whole thing seemed suspicious," said Trooper Lloyd Cochran. "We will be seeking fetal homicide charges as well as murder charges against him. We don't know what the grand jury will ultimately decide, but that is what we will be seeking."

Police said they believe Nantz is also the baby's father, but did not name a possible motive for killing Johnson.

Relatives said Johnson had three other children. There will be a joint funeral service for Geri and Amelia Johnson at 3 p.m. Friday at the Croley Funeral Home in Williamsburg.

The case will be presented to the Whitley County Grand Jury. We will update this as we learn more.

Updated Wednesday, March 20th
The Fayette County coroner confirms a baby girl who was delivered after her mother was shot and killed has died.

Police say 29-year-old Geri Johnson died Sunday after being taken to Baptist Hospital in Corbin with a gunshot wound. She was shot outside her boyfriend's home on Steele Hollow Road in the Rockholds community.

The baby, who is listed as Amelia Johnson in the coroner's report, was taken to UK Hospital in Lexington in critical condition not long after delivery.

The baby died just before 7 Tuesday night with the cause of death listed as severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. This means a lack of oxygen and blood in the brain.

The coroner's report also notes the newborn's death as a homicide, but police have still not said whether Johnson's death was a murder, accident or something else.

Croley Funeral Home in Williamsburg is handling arrangements for both Geri and Amelia Johnson.

We will have more updates as we get them.

Updated Monday, March 18th
State police said they have little to go on in the death of a pregnant Whitley County woman.

29-year-old Geri Johnson died, but her baby was delivered shortly after the shooting.

At last check, the newborn is still in critical condition at UK Hospital.

"We treat all death investigations as if they are suspicious, but this one is a bit bizarre," said Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

Police said they can't give out details on what may have happened at a home on Steele Hollow Road in the Rockholds community.

"Apparently her boyfriend took her to the hospital," said Cochran. "Troopers arrived at the ER shortly after getting the phone call and learned from the ER staff that the female had passed away. And that the baby had been delivered and taken to UK Medical Center where it is still listed in critical condition today."

Police are still waiting on the final autopsy results to learn the cause of death. They said they are interviewing several people and are considering everything suspicious until proven otherwise.

Original Story, Sunday
Officials say a death investigation is underway after a woman was shot in Whitley County.

Kentucky State Police was called to Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin on Saturday evening for a pregnant woman who was shot.

The Whitley County coroner tells us Geri D. Johnson, from Williamsburg, was pronounced dead at Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin.

Johnson's baby was delivered and is in critical condition.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Police say they do not know any more information at this time.

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