published Friday, February 21st, 2014

Mother of TN girl who died of gangrene jailed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The mother of a disabled Tennessee girl who died from gangrene and infected bedsores due to neglect has been arrested in New Orleans, authorities said Thursday.

Raven Ruth is being held in the Orleans Parish Jail after her arrest Wednesday by a fugitive task force, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Ruth has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of her 12-year-old daughter Andrea Ruth. She is awaiting extradition to Shelby County.

The girl's father, Errol Johnson, and health care worker Chasara Jones also are charged with first-degree murder in what authorities are calling one of the worst child-neglect cases police have ever seen in Tennessee.

Johnson and Jones were being held in Shelby County Jail on Thursday. They have court appearances scheduled for Monday. Court records do not show if they have lawyers.

The Millington, Tenn., girl died in November 2012. Officials say an autopsy revealed she died from sepsis from gangrene.

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