26-year-old Marcus Johnson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of three-year-old Hunter Wise.
In court on Monday, the prosecutor said every homicide is tragic, but he can barely think of anything more heinous than what occurred in this case. The prosecutor indicated Johnson tortured the three-year-old. The boy had an eye injury, burns on his buttocks and ankle, he may have been dipped in scalding water and may have died due to shock and trauma.
“The injuries were severe. There wasn’t just one injury. There were many injuries. This child obviously suffered,” the prosecutor said.
Court documents say Wise may have soiled his pants, which may have led Johnson to discipline the boy.
Johnson is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, Samantha Rush. Wise’s father, Joseph M. Wise said “My son was everything to me. I would have done everything for him. I’m going to be honest. I hope (Johnson) never sees daylight again. For a man to do something like that to an infant is just wrong in so many ways. I just can’t even believe a person would do something of this nature,” the boy’s father said.
In 2008, Johnson was charged with battery and disorderly conduct, and accused of domestic abuse.