Errol Johnson, 44, was convicted last month of criminally negligent homicide and aggravated child neglect in the 2012 death of his bed-ridden daughter, Andrea Ruth.
She suffered from asthma, hypertension and obesity, but Johnson, his wife and a health care aide neglected or ignored her fragile medical state and her need for medical care, according to investigators.
A Criminal Court jury was told last month that the young girl developed gangrene in her feet so advanced that bones were visible and that first responders saw maggots beneath dirty bandages on her feet.Andrea Ruth lost some 50 pounds between May 2011 and November 2012 when she died in the family’s Millington home.
Jurors convicted Johnson of criminally negligent homicide and aggravated child neglect involving both serious bodily injury of a vulnerable child and circumstances that were heinous, atrocious and cruel.
Judge Bobby Carter sentenced Johnson to 22 years in prison for aggravated child neglect and the maximum two years for the homicide. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Johnson’s wife, Raven Ruth, 37, and home health aide Chasara Jones, 43, are awaiting trial.
The case was investigated by agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and by the Millington Police Department, and prosecuted by chief prosecutor Carrie Shelton and Asst. Dist. Atty. Gen. Abby Wallace, both of the DA’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.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.