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May 25, 2014 5:38 PM by AP

Girl's mom charged with murder, returns Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a disabled 12-year-old girl who died of gangrene and bedsores in 2012 has been jailed in Shelby County after being indicted on first-degree murder charges.

The Tennessean reported that 36-year-old Raven Ruth, had been indicted by a grand jury in February, though she could not be charged in the case until she was extradited from a New Orleans jail on Thursday and booked into Shelby County Jail on Friday.

Department of Children's Services records showed that 12-year-old Andrea Ruth of Millington died on sepsis in November 2012. The records indicated that the girl's medical problems were ignored and doctors advised amputating both of her legs.

The girl's father, 42-year-old Errol Johnson, and health care worker 41-year-old Chasara Jones, were also indicted on first-degree murder charges.

(Photo via Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)


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