Woman charged in the strangulation death of her boyfriend’s infant

By Amanda Klein | August 13, 2018

Allegheny County Police have charged a Clairton woman who has a violent criminal past, with the April 27 strangulation death of her boyfriend’s 23-month-old daughter.  The woman repeatedly Googled how to perform CPR for an hour after she strangled the infant to death, police say.

Deasha Ringgold, 21, is in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting her preliminary arraignment on homicide charges after surrendering to authorities Monday afternoon, after the learned an arrest warrant had been issued.

According to the criminal complaint, Ringgold was home alone with the toddler identified as Aubree Sherrell, from about 9:20 a.m. until her brother, Jayvon Williamson arrived home at 4 p.m.

Mr. Williamson told homicide detectives that he found “it odd that the door was locked” when he arrived home at 421 Glenn Street, Apt.3 in Clairton.

The complaint alleges that according to Mr. Williamson, Ringgold did not appear to be “distraught”  when she let him in the apartment.  After unlocking the door she immediately went upstairs to her bedroom.

A few minutes later Ringgold returned holding the infant and said, “Aubree had stopped breathing,” the complaint alleges. On the way to Jefferson Hospital Mr. Williamson “urged Deasha to perform CPR on Aubree,” police say.

Despite lifesaving efforts and being flown to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, Aubree was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m.

A review of Ringgold’s cell phone by police revealed that at 2:57 p.m. she conducted a Google search “how to wake up a knocked out person.” At 3:03 p.m. she Googled “shes not breathing what to do.” At 3:09 Ringgold searched “my friend got choked out what to do.” At 3:47 p.m. she Googled “how to do CPR on a baby” 13 times according to the complaint.

“After reviewing the data from the cell phone and Deasha’s account of what happened, the Google searches do not substantiate Deasha taking Aubree to the hospital immediately,” police wrote in the complaint.

According to online court records in 2014 when Ringgold was a juvenile, she was charged with three counts of attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of recklessly endangering another person and robbery. All the charges except the attempted homicide, which were withdrawn, were waived for court at the preliminary hearing.  The final disposition of the charges is not available.

A date for her preliminary hearing has not been scheduled.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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