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Health Aide Charged In Tennessee Girl's Death In Court

Health Aide Charged In Tennessee Girl's Death In Court

CREATED Feb 24, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The lawyer for a home-health aide charged with murder in the case of a disabled Tennessee girl who died from gangrene and infected bedsores says he will dispute his client's liability in the death.

Chasara Jones cried as Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter told her Monday that she could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the neglect death of 12-year-old Andrea Ruth.

Prosecutors said the Millington girl died in November 2012. Officials say an autopsy revealed she died from sepsis from gangrene.

Her father, Errol Johnson, and her mother, Raven Ruth, also are charged with first-degree murder. All three defendants also face aggravated child abuse charges.

Michael Scholl, Jones' lawyer, said he plans to ask for bond for Jones.

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