GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC) - Thirty-one-year-old Tiffany Johnson sits behind bars after she was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect.
According to an indictment, Johnson, a nanny for an 8-year-old who uses a wheelchair, is accused of putting massive amounts of salt down the boy's gastric tube, essentially poisoning him.
"We've had just a handful of these types of cases in the 20 plus years I've been in this office," said District Attorney Amy Weirich. "So no, we don't see many of them."
The boy was treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital more than six times between March and August of 2014, all while in the care of Johnson at his Germantown home.
District Attorney Weirich says this is a case of abuse that, like all the others, needed to be reported under Tennessee's mandatory report law.
"We all have a duty under the law to look out for our children," said Weirich. "Whether you're a doctor, a neighbor, a Sunday school teacher, it doesn't matter. If you suspect that a child is being abused, physically or sexually, you have a duty to report that."
Johnson stopped caring for the boy in August and remains in jail.
"We have a team of prosecutors and victim witnesses and investigators who everyday review with DCS and law enforcement incidents of suspected abuse," Weirich added. "Because of that teamwork and that collaboration, we're able to bring offenders to justice."