A man accused of throwing his infant daughter out of the window of a car
and onto Highway 9 will stand trial for a long list of felony child abuse and domestic violence charges, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Erik Rebert Johnston,
23, was driving the car home with the 9-month-old girl and a 22-month-old girl, and the girls' mother when he got angry just before 8 p.m. on April 1, the D.A.'s Office reported.
He pulled off Highway 9, then allegedly grabbed the 9-month-old girl by the arm and tossed her out of the car. She flew more than 20 feet, landed on the pavement and skidded into the middle of the road.
She suffered road rash and cuts to her stomach, sides and legs. She also cut her tongue when she landed, the D.A.'s Office reported.
The girl's mother ran after the girl, but then got back in the car with the baby when Johnston ordered her to. They drove home, but then Johnston allegedly punched the girls' mother in the head and elbowed her in the eye while the woman held the injured baby, according to the D.A.'s Office. Johnston also allegedly threatened to kill the mother if she reported the abuse.
Someone who witnessed a portion of the alleged abuse called the Sheriff's Office.
Johnston was arrested the morning of April 2 at a home on the 200 block of Cresta Drive in Boulder Creek, County Jail record showed. He remains in custody.
Johnston was convicted of domestic violence in 2009.