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AN American couple accused of trying to cremate their slain two-year-old son on a barbecue and then collecting his welfare benefits have pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.
Joseph Miller, 28, pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder and Nickella Reid, 23, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and welfare fraud, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
Detroit police found the remains of two-year-old Deuntay Miller while investigating the 2007 scalding of the couple's one-year-old son, Nicholas.
The case broke when Reid and her mother took Deuntay's 1-year-old brother, Nicholas Miller, to Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit on Nov. 11, 2007, for second- and third-degree burns. Prosecutors said at the time that 35% of Nicholas' body had been burned, and he is still recovering. Miller also pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse for the burns Nicholas sustained. The toddler, who needs additional surgery, is in foster care, Miller's attorney, Gabi Silver, said Monday. There have been no family visits. Police said Reid told investigators that Miller scalded their son with water in their home on Lillibridge in Detroit.
Originally posted by skeptic1
reply to post by virraszto
It makes humanity look bad. It isn't just relegated to one town in one state in one country.
Crap like this happens everyday, everywhere.
Yes this is sick and frankly I don't want to be able to understand why someone would do this.
However, I don't agree in the death penalty for such crimes. To do this, one must be mentally ill.
The problem here is that we as a society didn't do anything to prevent it.
Originally posted by mithrawept
Yes this is sick and frankly I don't want to be able to understand why someone would do this. However, I don't agree in the death penalty for such crimes. To do this, one must be mentally ill. The problem here is that we as a society didn't do anything to prevent it.
Medical experts said examination of Deuntay's skeletal remains showed healed breaks in both of his legs and signs of malnutrition in the development of his bones.