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Girl, 2, beaten to death by mother’s boyfriend in Lancaster City


Lester Johnson

A Lancaster City man is being kept behind bars without bail after police say he brutally beat a 2-year-old girl to death. Lester L. Johnson, 30, of Lancaster, was arrested  and charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning officers were called to a home along the 500 block of East Ross Street  for a report of an injured child who fell. Emergency personnel took 2-year-old Ranasia Knight to Lancaster General Hospital where she later died.

An autopsy revealed that Ranasia died from multiple traumatic injuries. A forensic pathologist ruled her death a homicide.

Both the child’s mother and Johnson, the mother’s boyfriend,  were interviewed by police.

Johnson was arrested on Monday night.

Police say Johnson punched and kicked Ranasia in the face and abdomen numerous times which lead to multiple internal injuries and ultimately her death.

He was taken to Lancaster County Prison.


14 Comments to “Girl, 2, beaten to death by mother’s boyfriend in Lancaster City”

    1 pissed parent said:
    January 15, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    This is a grown ass man what could a 2 yr old possibly have done or said for him to have done this to her and where was her mom cause as a mother myself AINT NO WAY IN HELL HE WOULD HAVE WALK OUT OF THAT HOUSE ON HIS OWN 2 FEET there would have been a body bag with his name on it

      lauren said:
      February 24, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      took the words out of my mouth…. to abuse SOMEONE ELSES CHILD TO DEATH is appauling to me !

    Anonymous said:
    January 15, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Ban him too! After all he fits the libtard definition of "Assault" – blacque & menacing looking. Maybe he could be Obammy's son too!

    Steve said:
    January 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    This tough guy will find out how tough he is in prison for the rest of his short life

    ken said:
    January 15, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Take a good look at this cretin. Take a GOOD LOOK! Not even a dog would do this to its young. Take a good look and focus of the REAL PROBLEM. He is so subhuman he kills an innocent with his bare hands. Life without parole is a blessing.. The mindless inability to control primitive rage is more dangerous than your misdirected fear of weapons in the hands of honest citizens. Take another look because you will see this happen again…………………………….and again.

    Prayin' said:
    January 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    a 2 year old was just murdered and all you can do is make this political and about guns? You people have no soul.

    jose said:
    January 15, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    hope u rott in hell u child abuser

    h. w. said:
    January 15, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    i hope he gets it bad in prison. i feel so sorry for her parents.

    Amy said:
    January 16, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    How could a mother sit back and allow this to happen? As a mother of 3 children close to this age it makes me sick to think that people could harm an innocent baby. I would kill someone if they ever started punching and kicking my child. Even if the mother was not home this probably was not the first time if his rage got so bad that he killed this baby. I feel sorry for the rest of the family I can't imagine what they are going through. He will get his day of judgement not only in the court system but also at the hands of god.

    kellie said:
    January 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Search his facebook. He was asking for help for her funeral and all these people are saying sorry for ur loss

    Lyn said:
    January 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Lord Have Mercy On Us!

    Kelly said:
    June 16, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    May the little angel be resting comfortably and safely in the arms of loving family now in her forever home. Praying for the other children left behind that they did not witness or endure any of the wrath that this poor little one had to. God Bless those who loved her and will weep for her. May Karma hit right back at this man with double what he gave out.

    NoThankYou said:
    June 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    A note to mothers who haven't gotten the memo; Keep your boyfriends away from your kids. You may want to pretend that they're your children's fathers, but they're not. Need further evidence? Google 'mother's boyfriend'.

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