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Clairton woman charged in connection with toddler's homicide

| Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, 3:36 p.m.
Deasha Ringgold
Deasha Ringgold

Deasha Ringgold spent an hour Googling how to revive the toddler she allegedly strangled in April instead of calling paramedics, asking the internet search engine “my friend got choked out what to do” and “she’s not breathing what to do,” court documents show.

Ringgold, 21, is charged with homicide and endangering the welfare of children in the April 27 death of 23-month-old Aubree Sherrell. Police said the toddler is the biological daughter of Ringgold’s boyfriend.

Allegheny County police said early Monday evening that Ringgold turned herself in and was being held in Allegheny County Jail.

The medical examiner’s office ruled the toddler’s death a homicide, indicating she’d been strangled. According to the criminal complaint, cellphone records and the autopsy report disproved Ringgold’s version of events.

Ringgold’s brother, Jayvon Williamson, told police he’d been staying with his sister at her Clairton apartment, according to the complaint. He said when he left about 9:20 a.m. on the day of Aubree’s death, “everything was fine.”

Williamson returned about 4 p.m. to find the door to the building locked, which he told police he found odd, according to the complaint. His sister unlocked the door and headed into the bedroom while Williamson went to a different room.

Williamson said Ringgold emerged from the bedroom and said the toddler wasn’t breathing, police wrote. He recalled to police the child was blue, and they rushed her to Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Aubree was flown to Children’s Hospital of UPMC of Pittsburgh where she was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m., police wrote.

Ringgold told police she put the toddler on her mattress on the floor about 3 p.m. and then fell asleep in her own bed, according to the complaint. She said she awoke later and found Aubree with blue lips, which is when she asked her brother to take them to the hospital.

Police said a search of Ringgold’s cellphone showed a different timeline.

At 2:57 p.m., she searched “how to wake up a knocked out person,” according to the complaint. At 3:04 p.m. she searched, “she’s not breathing what do I do.” Six minutes later, she queried, “What to do when someone is choked out?”

Seventeen minutes elapsed, then she searched, “how to do CPR on a baby,” according to the complaint. She kept searching Google until 3:47 p.m.

Theresa Clift and Megan Guza are Tribune-Review staff writers.

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