Murder Suspect’s Ex: “That Could Have Been My Son, That Could Have Been Me”
LANDIS, N.C. – Latasha Smith says she had an out of body experience when she found her son’s father, 28-year-old Daunte Johnson, is accused of murdering 29-year-old Sharee Bradley. Sumter, South Carolina police say he also admitted to killing Bradley’s five-year-old daughter, Nevaeh Adams, and putting the girl’s body in a dumpster.
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked Smith, “Did you ever think that it could get to that level?” Smith replied, “I did. I knew he was capable of that and I told that to his mother and some family members, but nobody would listen.”
Smith, who now lives in Landis, dated Johnson from 2015 to 2017, when they both lived in Charlotte. The couple has a one-year-old son together. In 2018, Smith took out a domestic violence protective order against Johnson. She says that one time, “He threatened me. He had a gun and he actually pointed it at me and told me ‘I should blow your brains out.'”
She says he was also abusive to their dog, and their then-newborn son. She says, “He took the little plastic thing of diaper wipes and threw it at him.”
In South Carolina, the coroner says Sharee Bradley died from sharp blunt force injuries to her head and neck. The little girl’s body hasn’t been found yet. Sumter Police are digging through 23 tons of trash, and searching areas beyond the apartment where the woman and child lived.
Family members in Sumter are also searching. Amoree Smith is Bradley’s cousin. She says, through tears, “There’s so much blood in there (the apartment), that’s why the police don’t want to believe Nevaeh is still alive, but I don’t want to believe she is dead. I’m not going to.”
Back in North Carolina, Smith says Johnson never had a steady job and lived off of her. She keeps a picture on her cell phone of herself at work with a swollen lip as evidence of his regular abuse. She says, “I just wish that something would have been done a long time ago,” and, “I hope he gets exactly what he deserves for hurting that child and her mother.”
Johnson is also accused in a murder in the St. Louis, Missouri area earlier this summer. We are working to learn more information about that case. He is in jail in Sumter with no bond.