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Sneed: Jonylah’s dad has long rap sheet

Jonathan Watkins

Jonathan Watkins

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Updated: April 18, 2013 6:55AM

The Watkins wire...

He’s got quite a rap sheet.

The arrest record of Jonathan Watkins, 29, whose six-month-old baby, Jonylah, was slaughtered last week as he held her in his lap while sitting in his minivan, is shocking.

It goes all the way back to 1999 and ends in June 2012 — despite the assertion last week of the Watkins family spokesman, Rev. Corey Brooks: “He hasn’t been in any trouble since 2007.”

Jonathan Watkins, whose baby’s diaper became the repository of the bullet that destroyed her, has been arrested 39 times. But it’s unclear whether the vast majority of those cases ended in convictions, acquitals or the charges being thrown out of court.

His last arrest was for cannabis manufacturing and/or delivery in June. Included in the laundry list was the illegal possession of a 9mm handgun he told police he was carrying for protection. He was sentenced to three years in jail.

On Friday, police sources — who claimed Watkins was being selective in how he was cooperating — told Sneed they planned to question the grieving father again Saturday night.

Sneed is told Watkins had been “unwilling” to provide the pass codes to two cell phones found at the crime scene, which were subsequently sent to the FBI in Quantico, Va.

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Hoop scoop...

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