Father On Trial In Girl's Death From Gangrene

Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 11:44:42-05

The trial has begun in the case of a Millington father charged in the death of his 12-year-old disabled daughter, who died from gangrene and infected bedsores.

The Commercial Appeal reported opening statements began Tuesday in 44-year-old Errol Johnson's trial.

Assistant District Attorney Carrie Bush said Johnson was responsible for the death of Andrea Ruth, who died in November 2012. An autopsy revealed she died from sepsis from gangrene. Authorities said the child's wounds were so advanced that maggots were seen crawling out of her bandages.

Johnson's public defender Nigel Lewis argued that Johnson was a loving father and the stable force in the home.

The cases of two other people, the child's mother, 37-year-old Raven Ruth, and a home-health aide, 43-year-old Chasara Jones, have been pending.