(Millington, TN) Two people are charged with first degree murder in the death of a girl with special needs.
Both are also charged with Aggravated Child Neglect.
Chasara Jones and Errol Johnson are charged in the death of Andrea Ruth.
Ruth died of infected bedsores and gangrene.
She suffered from asthma, hypertension and obesity.
Ruth 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.
According to prosecutors, “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 is a a certified nursing assistant who reportedly 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. “
Errol Johnson was Ruth’s father.
A third defendant, facing the same charges, has been arrested in Louisiana, but cannot be identified until returned to Shelby County.
Prosecutors say Ruth was 12 years old when she died in November, 2012.
Ruth is described as, “a vulnerable child suffering from a mental disability.”
The arrest warrant said the two neglected the girl, “resulting in serious bodily injury.”