Judge dimisses lawsuit against Chilton County DHRBy Emily Etheredge Published 4:32pm Friday, July 26, 2013
A case representing the estate of Johnny Michael Campbell, the 11-year-old who was murdered by his mother Ann Campbell in 2011, against Chilton County DHR was dismissed earlier this month.
The lawsuit, filed in 2011, claimed the defendants, three employees of the Chilton County DHR, had received notifications of instances of suspected abuse and neglect including violence, arrests, abuse of controlled and uncontrolled substances against Johnny Michael Campbell.
According to court documents those representing Johnny Michael Campbell alleged that DHR didn’t fulfill their employee responsibilities by allowing Campbell to remain in the custody of his mother.
Chilton County Circuit Court Clerk Glenn McGriff said on Friday that Judge John Bush dismissed the case on July 11 in a summary judgment, meaning before the case could go to trial.
Ann Campbell was sentenced on Jan. 3 to 30 years in prison for murdering one of her sons and 20 years for attempted murder of another.
Campbell previously pleaded guilty on Dec. 13, 2012, for murdering her son Johnny Michael Campbell and attempting to murder her other son, Bailey Mays, who was 15 at the time.
Campbell was arrested and charged after a June 2011 incident at her home in the Enterprise community where Campbell was found seated on her sofa in her mobile home, about eight feet away from her son, Johnny Michael Campbell, who lay dying from three shots from a .22 bolt-action rifle, according to prior testimony.
Campbell’s other son, Bailey Mays, was also shot but fled to a relative’s house on the same piece of property off County Road 69.