The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Thursday, March 20, 2008

Parents arrested

The parents of a 2 year old boy have been arrested after police were called to a relative's home where the charred body of the little boy was found in the basement. Police say the cause of death is still unknown but that the child had suffered from from malnutrition, numerous broken bones, disease and abuse. The body of the little boy was burned on the family's grill in an attempt to hide the body.

Joseph Miller III and Nickello Reid were arraigned on charges of: felony murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole; involuntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison; child abuse first-degree, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison; mutilation of a dead body, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison; and, welfare fraud over $500, which carries a maximum penalty of up to four years in prison.

Reid was charged with another count of welfare fraud over $500 and two counts of failure to inform, each of which carries a maximum penalty of up to four years in prison.

Worthy said Reid failed to inform authorities her child had died but continued to collect assistance money from the state of Michigan.

Four other children were removed from the home.