14-Year-Old Convicted In Infant Daughter's Death

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 14-year-old has been convicted in the punching death of his 8-week-old daughter.

Brandon Miller of Cleveland was impassive Wednesday as Judge Patrick F. Corrigan of Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court found him delinquent by reason of murder.

Prosecutors said he had fatally punched Diamond Miller because she wouldn't stop crying.

Brandon (hands pictured in cuffs, above) will be sentenced Jan. 3 and faces juvenile detention until he turns 21. He could not be tried as an adult because he was 13 when Diamond died.

Diamond's 14-year-old mother, Lisa Taylor, was at Brandon's home on April 29 when the baby died.

Shortly after 1 a.m., Lisa called police and said Diamond had stopped breathing. Investigators initially thought Diamond had died from sudden infant death syndrome, but an autopsy revealed a lacerated liver and bleeding in the abdomen and brain.

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