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Father, healthcare worker indicted in death of 12-year-old girl

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A father, caretaker and a third person have been indicted on first degree murder charges in the death of a 12-year-old special needs Millington girl, who died of infected bedsores and gangrene.

Andrea Ruth died in 2012, but the indictments were released Wednesday by the Shelby County District Attorney's Office in this homicide case.

DOWNLOAD: Chasara Jones indictment

District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Andrea died from "severe neglect."

Errol Johnson, 42, the father of young Andrea Ruth, and home-health aide Chasara Jones, 41, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder in the perpetration of aggravated child neglect.

DOWNLOAD: Errol Johnson indictment

Though investigators say the 12-year-old girl died of severe bed sores and gangrene, a friend of the caretaker said she is innocent.

On the day she died on Nov. 24, 2012, he posted this picture to social media.

Evelyn Lemon said Jones is not a medical professional and should not be held responsible.

"Chasara Jones is a CNA," Lemon said. "She can assist with baths, light housekeeping. The child did not want her to come into the room. She would pass the mother the basin while the mother washed her up."

Lemon said Jones never saw the wounds.

The district attorney's office said Andrea was scheduled to have her legs amputated in 2011 because of gangrene but that appointment was missed, along with all subsequent doctor's appointments.

Paramedics reported the sores on her feet were so bad, bones in Andrea's toes were visible. Investigators say Jones admitted to knowing the extent of neglect of Andrea, who suffered from asthma, hypertension and obesity.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to remind the public of the law in the State of Tennessee is," DAG Weirich said. "Every adult, whether you're a parent, a nurse, a Sunday school teacher, has a duty to report to law enforcement if you suspect a child is being abused."

But Lemon said Jones cooperated with police and was shocked to be arrested. She says the last time Jones saw Andrea was two weeks before her death.

"If anyone is negligent, it's the parents because we are liable for our own children," Lemon said.

A third person also facing first degree murder charges has been arrested in Louisiana. The DA's office will not release the suspect's identity until he or she is transferred to Shelby County.

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