Tennessee Child Dies of Gangrene, Father Charged

Feb 20, 2014

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

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