Mother indicted in 12-year-old daughter’s death

Raven Ruth

Raven Ruth

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The mother of a 12-year-old Millington girl who died from gangrene and infected bedsores has been indicted on first-degree murder charges.

According to District Attorney Amy Weirich, “Raven Ruth’s indictment was returned by a grand jury in February, but could not be made public until this week when she was extradited to Shelby County from New Orleans.”

Ruth, 36, is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child neglect in the 2012 death of young Andrea Ruth.

The child’s father, Errol Johnson, 42, and a home-health aide, Chasara Jones, 41, face the same charges.

There are questions about the Department of Children’s Services in this case.

The girl suffered from asthma, hypertension and obesity, but the defendants neglected or ignored her medically fragile state and her need for medical care, an investigation revealed.

The case was investigated by agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and will be prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit (SVU).

The unit 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.