Accused Child Killer Asks Judge for Freedom
A 25-year-old woman arrested in January after telling police she strangled her 4-year-old stepson was in court this week hoping to have her bail of $750,000 reduced so she could get out of jail. A judge however rejected the request from defense attorneys. Antoinette Miller continues to be held in the Yakima County jail on charges of Second Degree Murder, Second Degree Assault of a Child and Fourth Degree Domestic Violence Assault.
The boy's father hasn't yet been charged and likely won't see any charges
Miller was arrested on January 10 after she took the 4-year-old to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital saying he wasn't feeling good. She eventually told police the boy was struck and strangled at an apartment in the 1100 block of McKinley Avenue. The boy's father was at work at the time of the incident. He was called to the hospital but he was not arrested and no charges have been filed against the father. Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic says at this time they don't have any evidence the father was directly involved in the assault. Brusic says even if the father knew about the assault but didn't participate he won't face charges unless more evidence is found.
Two other kids in the home remain in protective custody
Two other kids in the home are now in protective custody.
Police served a search warrant at the home after the murder. It's not clear what if any evidence was found at the home.
Authorities say when Miller first arrived at the hospital she told doctors her stepson wasn't feeling well. After an examination and a 30-minute effort to save the boy's life Miller did finally admit to police she lost her temper and strangled the child.
The death of the child was the second murder in the new year
The death of a 4-year-old was the second murder reported in Yakima in the new year.
The first murder happened in early January at the Yakima Inn Hotel on North 1st Street. Authorities say 38-year-old Clayton Peter Brown Jr. died after being shot in a room at the hotel. Police are stlll searching for a suspect in that shooting.