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Mother Of Murdered 6-Year-Old Blames Human Services For His Death

By Melissa Garcia

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was allegedly murdered by his father is speaking out.

Police found the little boy stabbed to death Wednesday inside an apartment in the 7500 block of East Harvard Avenue.

Rachel Johnson couldn't have imagined the violence that her son would suffer, allegedly at the hands of his own father.

Rachel Johnson
Rachel Johnson (credit: CBS)

Her ex-husband, Brandon Johnson, 26, is charged with the murder of their 6-year-old son Riley. Johnson said that Riley had been living with his dad in the apartment after she lost custody of Riley and his older brother, in what Rachel says were false allegations by Human Services.

"My son would still be alive today if (my kids) weren't taken from me," Rachel Johnson said. "That's why I'm very angry, because they placed my kids in with a murderer."

Riley Johnson
Riley Johnson (credit: CBS)
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Riley Johnson (credit: CBS)

"We were there every day in court trying to fight for them," said Karen Bishop, Riley's grandmother. "And I feel like I let him down."

Now Bishop has only memories of the grandson she has lost all over again.

Karen Bishop
Karen Bishop (credit; CBS)

"He was just so, so happy when I would come in the room," said Bishop. "He'd just say, 'Hi grandma.' I'll never get that again … never get that again."

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses and other costs for the long recovery they face.

Melissa Garcia has been reporting for CBS4 News since March 2014. Find her bio here, follow her on Twitter @MelissaGarciaTV, or send your story idea to

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