Funeral for Kamden Johnson, Boy Who Died in Daycare Van, Set for Saturday

Kamden Johnson

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Funeral arrangements are set for 5-year-old Kamden Johnson. The funeral will take place Saturday, August 26th at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 2667 Reaves Street, in Crichton. Services are open to the public and doors will open at 11:00 am. And the service will begin at 1:00 p.m.

A group of school children found Johnson’s body on Monday, August 21 along Demetropolis road in Mobile.

According to court documents, daycare worker Valarie Patterson dumped Johnson’s body there after discovering it in a van. Patterson worked at the Community Ministries Nursery and Preschool Academy.

On Wednesday, Jasmyn Williams Johnson, the mother of Kamden Johnson, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the daycare and its owners. The civil suit alleges that the daycare owners, Carl and Angela Coker, along with Preschool Academy Director Kenya Anderson, were negligent in the operation of the unlicensed daycare causing the death of Kamden.

Community Church Ministries owns the daycare. The church took down its Facebook page not long after Kamden’s mother filed the lawsuit.

Patterson is in the Mobile Metro jail on a $75,000 bond. She is expected back in court on Monday, September 11 for a preliminary hearing.


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