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Hibbing man charged with murder in death of 2-year-old girl

VIRGINIA — A Hibbing man was arraigned on a murder charge Friday in the case of a 2-year-old Virginia girl who died in March 2012, after officers found her gasping for air and with bruises on her head.

Russell Shannon Johnson, who police said was the only person of interest during the more than two-year investigation, was charged with felony second-degree murder at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Virginia. The arraignment came about six weeks after what Virginia Police Chief Dennis Benz called “the break” in the case.

Virginia police officers were called to a residence at 9:11 a.m. on March 21, 2012, on a report of an unresponsive 2-year-old girl. Officers found Caroline Shenze Marie Medicine-Chavez on an air mattress.

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