Indiana woman sentenced to 20 years for neglect in death of 9-year-old son

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A Fort Wayne woman who was convicted of neglect in the death of her 9-year-old son was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Jenna M. Miller, 37, pleaded guilty to three counts of neglect in November.

Her wife and the boy’s stepmother, Alesha Lynn Miller, 31, was sentenced to 35 years in prison in November after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

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The couple took Elijah Thomas Ross to a hospital in Fort Wayne on December 18, 2021, but he was pronounced dead within an hour despite life-saving measures.

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The Allen County coroner ruled Elijah’s death a homicide and determined that the boy died of multiple blunt force injuries, including a traumatic brain injury caused by a buildup of blood.

Alesha and Jenna Miller initially told police in separate interviews that they were at a company Christmas party when they received a call about a fight between Elijah and an older brother. But Jenna Miller later told police that her wife hit Elijah with a wooden paddle while holding him with her legs.

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