— David Highfield (@DavidHighfield) August 13, 2018
CLAIRTON, PENNSYLVANIA — A woman turned herself in after autopsy results ruled her boyfriend’s 1-year-old died by strangulation. All events thereafter made her the key suspect.
According to CBS News, 23-month-old Aubree Sherrell, died on April 27. The source says she was taken to Jefferson Hospital after her father’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Deasha Ringgold, found the child not breathing in her apartment around 3 p.m.
Aubree was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital and pronounced dead just before 10:30 p.m., according to the source.
The Allegheny County medical examiner office’s forensic pathologist didn’t feel right about the bruising on the child’s neck area. So, the agency contacted the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit to continue investigating the child’s death.
POLICE INTERVIEWED RINGGOLD
According to the girlfriend, she put the child “on the floor on top of a blanket after the father left for work,” allegedly around 3 p.m.
Supposedly, Ringgold then fell asleep. The source notes she told authorities that, when she awoke later, Aubree was lying on her back — lips blue.
As she mentioned in her testimony, she “immediately” went into the living room and told her brother to drive her to the hospital — stating that driving was faster than calling 911 and waiting.
However, after detectives received permission to download data from the girlfriend’s phone, her activity didn’t match her story or timelines.
Reportedly, authorities discovered she’d Google searched:
- “how to wake up a knocked out person” at 2:57 p.m.
- “she’s not breathing what do I do” at 3:04 p.m.
- and “how to do cpr on a baby” at 3:27 p.m.
Then, she also visited “CPR Instructions For Infants and Small Children” at 3:28 p.m. However, that was an actual web page. And again, later around 3:47 p.m., she searched “how to do cpr on a baby” once more.
Her brother’s story was slightly different. According to CBS News, he told officers he was staying at his sister’s apartment.
As far as times are concerned, he allegedly left around 9:20 a.m. and returned around 4 p.m.
When he got back, he found the door locked and thought it was strange. Reportedly, Ringgold answered the door and didn’t appear “distraught,” according to the brother. Instead, she simply let him inside, and she went into the bedroom.
BUT A SHORT TIME LATER
Ringgold allegedly came from the bedroom holding the baby. She then told her brother the child had stopped breathing altogether.
However, her brother says the child was blue, not just the lips. Accordingly, they rushed to his car and drove Aubree to the nearest hospital — but during the ride, he instructed Ringgold to perform CPR.
Nevertheless, local authorities state Ringgold’s Google searches weren’t consistent with her claim to have left “immediately” for the hospital.
On August 10, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office ruled Aubree’s death a homicide by strangulation.
Now, Ringgold has turned herself in to authorities. She did so on Monday afternoon, according to the source.
She’s being charged with 1 criminal homicide and 2 endangering the welfare of children.
If you’re interested in the local coverage, check the footage below.
GRANNY DOESN’T BELIEVE SHE DID
KDKA’s David Highfield caught up with Ringgold’s grandmother for her thoughts on the situation. She didn’t want to be identified, according to the source. Yet, she maintains that her granddaughter is innocent.
Grandmother: “They’re wrong! Simple as that.”
Highfield: “Tell me why. You don’t think she could…”
Grandmother: “Because she loved that baby, that’s why. She raised that baby.”
Highfield: “There’s no way that you think she would have harmed…”
Grandmother: “Hell no! She spent more time with that baby up there than she did her own.”
CBS News reports that the charged suspect has a 5-year-old daughter who’s in the grandmother’s custody.
The grandmother says something might have happened and she panicked. But she maintains there’s no way she could’ve killed the child.
BREAKING AT 6 —> Deasha Ringgold is now in police custody. We were here as we was escorted out of county police headquarters to jail. She’s charged with homicide in the death of her boyfriend’s 23mo daughter @WPXI pic.twitter.com/h2sVxp3JBW
— Gabriella DeLuca (@GabriellaDeLuca) August 13, 2018
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