Tiffany C. Johnson, 34, was sentenced to six years in prison by Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan, who ordered the defendant to serve 90 days in custody and the remainder on probation. Her request for diversion was denied.
Johnson was accused of putting massive amounts of salt in the gastric tube of a special-needs 8-year-old boy who was in a wheelchair and could not care for himself. Between March and August in 2014 the boy was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital because of vomiting, diarrhea and other ailments.
The child recovered after stays in the hospital where doctors noted his sodium level had spiked. There were not episodes of such illness when the boy was in his family’s care, and he had no more episodes after Johnson stopped working for the family in August 2014.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Danielle McCollum, and by Asst. Dist. Attys. Jeff Jones and Lessie Rainey of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which 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 cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.