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Indianapolis man found not guilty in death of infant daughter

William Moss ordered released from jail
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Posted at 9:53 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 09:53:34-04

INDIANAPOLIS—An Indianapolis man has been ordered released from jail after jurors found him not guilty in the death of his infant daughter.

Two-month-old Ruth Ringer died in 2017 from malnutrition and dehydration, according to the Marion County Coroner.

Her father, William Moss, was charged with Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death.

But after hearing two days of testimony in Marion County Criminal Court, jurors in the Moss trial returned a not guilty verdict, late-Wednesday.

In April, the baby's mother, Janet Ringer, was sentenced to eight years in prison, after pleading guilty to a charge of Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Serious Injury.

Police were called to Ruth Ringer's home in the 900 block of West 33rd Street where they found the baby dead.

Later, a state investigation determined the Department of Child Services failed to report or follow up on concerns about the care Ruth was receiving and did not address "mitigating factors" surrounding the child's welfare.

Since then, DCS said it could not comment on the case because of "state confidentiality laws."