Because this is Bad Breeders, you can assume that this story is not an uplifting or feel good kind of tale. It’s the tragic case of another child left in the care of someone their parent trusted and not coming home ever again, unfortunately. Brittany Cotton left her little girl, 2-year-old Armaney Cotton, with her boyfriend, Devell (probably pronounced “devil”) Johnson so she could go to work. Apparently the definition of “babysitting” for Johnson is not the same for us non-murderous folk. He must have known what it was before, having baby sat the child before without incident, but this last time the meaning changed and Armaney didn’t make it out alive.
On Armaney’s last day, she stayed down in the basement of Johnson’s family home, where he lived, while he “watched” her. At some point in the afternoon, Johnson went upstairs and told his brother and nephew Armaney had hit her head. He later went back down into the basement and came upstairs with Armaney, who was unresponsive. Johnson then called his mother and step-father to tell them Armaney was unconscious and the step-father called 911. When paramedics arrived, Armaney had no pulse, wasn’t breathing and was cold to the touch. She was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 4:42 PM, less than an hour after Johnson brought her upstairs from the basement. He would later admit to smacking Armaney on the back and butt and also to the bites. He is currently being held without bail and rightly so.
While in Johnson’s care, Armaney suffered immensely. Her little body was bruised and bitten. The monster that was supposed to watch her while her mother worked, quite literally beat this little girl to death. She had extensive internal bleeding, a lacerated liver, bleeding of a kidney and a subdural hematoma. During the bond hearing for Johnson,AssistantCookCountyState’s Attorney Nyshana K. Sumner said, “The victim’s death resulted from exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty.” I would say so. Only a subhuman sewer-dwelling piece of mutated, flesh-clothed shit would inflict this kind of merciless brutality on a child. I stand by the belief that if you do not have the patience for a child or just hate kids in general, do not have them and don’t get into a relationship with someone who has one or any. That goes for breeders as well. If they suspect for even one second the person their taking up with is not kid-friendly, get out, walk away and don’t look back. It could save a child’s life.
Usually, we reserve some ire for the mother or father in a case like this, that trusted a less than human fleshbag to take care of their precious child, but I actually feel sorry for the mother of Armaney. In one of the articles for this case, Brittany Cotton is quoted as saying, “This was someone I loved and trusted to protect her, not harm her. I don’t understand why this happened to her.” Those of us who follow these cases have heard these words or a variation of them many times before and we scoff and call bullshit. But obviously there are trusting souls out there and maybe some honestly did not see tragedy coming. I don’t think this mother expected this so I’m reserving my mother-bashing for a more deserving spunk canister. Also, the words of Armaney’s grandmother, Denise Cotton, recalling the last day she saw her granddaughter placated any rage I might have been feeling at the beginning of this write-up. She said, “She came and waved at me and said ‘bye-bye’. I never thought that was a permanent bye-bye.” That is too heartbreaking for words.
Thanks to Natalie and Lisa M. for the tips.
***Thanks to Boo Boo Kitty for the write-up.***
R.I.P. Armaney, your beautiful smile will surely be missed.