3 Indicted On Murder Charges In Child's Death

By localmemphis.com

Published 02/19 2014 11:21AM

Updated 02/19 2014 08:29PM

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The father of a Millington girl and a healthcare worker have been indicted for murder. The 12-year-old died of infected bedsores and gangrene. 

Errol Johnson, 42, the father of young Andrea Ruth, and home-health aide Chasara Jones, 41, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child neglect.

A third defendant facing the same charges has been arrested in Louisiana, but cannot be identified until returned to Shelby County.

The young victim suffered from asthma, hypertension and obesity, but the defendants neglected or ignored her medically fragile state and her need for medical care.

She was scheduled to have her legs amputated in May of 2011 because of the gangrene, but the family missed that and apparently all subsequent medical appointments.

At the time of the child’s death on Nov. 24, 2012, at the family home in the 7000 block of Arapaho, paramedics reported that the girl’s sores were so advanced that bones in her toes were visible.

Jones, the health worker, told investigators she was aware of the child’s condition, but she did not notify her agency, law enforcement or the Department of Children’s Services of the problems she saw.

The case is being handled by the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.

SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.

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