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Fort Wayne woman charged in death of her 9-year-old stepson

December 22, 2021 GMT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne woman has been charged in the death of her 9-year-old stepson, who died last weekend at a hospital after suffering blunt force injuries.

Alesha Lynn Miller, 30, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery resulting in death, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

She was being held without bail at the Allen County Jail. Miller appeared Wednesday for an initial hearing on the charges. Online court records do not list an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

Elijah Thomas Ross was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital, where staffers tried to save him before he was pronounced dead early Saturday by the doctor who treated him, The Journal Gazette reported.

Although an autopsy revealed that Ross suffered multiple blunt force injuries, investigators were still trying to determine the cause and manner of his death, said Dr. E. Jon Brandenberger, Allen County coroner.

Fort Wayne police officers were called to a home early Saturday to investigate possible juvenile neglect or abuse.

Dozens of mourners gathered outside that residence Tuesday for a candlelight vigil where they shouted the boy’s name, released balloons and celebrated Miller’s arrest.