published Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Father, health aide charged with murder in Tennessee 12-year-old's death

MEMPHIS — The father of a disabled girl and the child's home-health aide stand accused of murder after the 12-year old Millington, Tenn., girl died from gangrene and infected bedsores.

The Shelby County district attorney general's office said Wednesday that a grand jury has indicted the girl's father, 42-year-old Errol Johnson, and 41-year-old home-health worker Chasara Jones on a charge of first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated child neglect. A third defendant has been indicted but will not be named until transported to Shelby County from Louisiana.

The girl died in November 2012. The district attorney's office said paramedics reported that the girl's sores were so advanced the bones in her toes were visible.

A court clerk said that records did not list attorneys for either Jones or Johnson.

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