14-Year-Old Gets Juvenile Detention In Baby's Death
January 3, 2002 at 8:05 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 8:40 AM
CLEVELAND (AP) - A 14-year-old boy cried and apologized Thursday as a judge sentenced him to juvenile detention until his 21st birthday in the punching death of his 8-week-old daughter.
Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Patrick Corrigan sentenced Brandon Miller (hands pictured in cuffs, right) on his conviction last month for fatally punching Diamond Miller last April 29 because she wouldn't stop crying.
Investigators first thought that the baby died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but an autopsy showed that she had a bruised liver and bleeding in the brain and abdomen.
"I never meant to do this to my daughter," the boy told the judge.
Corrigan said that the boy might be eligible for early release at some point.
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