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Parents charged after child dies of pneumonia

By By Allison Brown
Published On: Dec 03 2013 10:12:14 AM CST
Child dies pneumonia charges

WJW

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) -

A 12-year-old girl died from "cold-like" symptoms back in February, according to Richmond Heights police, but months later, authorities are focusing on the girl's parents in connection with her death.

Randy Jones, 41, and Carissa Jones, 44, were indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on Nov. 27.

The Knollwood Trail couple is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and permitting child abuse.

"It saddens me because I love children. I would never let a cut or infection ever be untreated," said Stachie Campbell, a neighbor.

Richmond Heights authorities told WJW the girl had a wound that went untreated for weeks and developed into pneumonia.

"It's, like, so sad. I'm really hurt by that, especially when someone lives right across the street from me," Campbell said.

"You don't have a child stay there and just suffer like that," she went on.

The couple is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 13.