Miller County woman headed to prison on manslaughter, child abuse charges

Roshell Johnson

A Miller County woman was sentenced to 22 years in prison Tuesday in conncection to a toddler's death.

In April, 37 year old Roshell Johnson pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and child abuse.

She was charged a few days after 20-month-old Ocean McCoy died at University Hospital in Columbia.

Police said the girl sustaining serious brain injuries from shaking and non-accidental head trauma on Jan.uary 29, 2008, while under Johnsonâ??s care at a Brumley-area home. The baby's father also lived at the home.

Tuesday in court, Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden commented that the limited remorse displayed by the defendant was "troubling" and sentenced Johnson to 12 years for abuse of a child and 10 years for manslaughter, to be served consecutively.