Charred Child Remains Found In Basement Ceiling



Charges Issued In Charred Baby Remains Case
Charred Child Remains Found In Basement Ceiling

DETROIT -- A couple was charged in the death of a 2-year-old boy after his
charred remains were found hidden in the basement ceiling.

Police said the parents burned the child's dead body on the home barbecue
grill to cover up his death.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Joseph Miller, III, 28 and
Nickello L. Reid, 23 both of Detroit.

On Nov. 22, Detroit police were called to a home located in the 15000 block
of Lapin, where they discovered the burned remains in a plastic bag hidden
in the basement ceiling.

Worthy said the couple tried to burn the child in the grill to conceal his
death.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner said the cause of death was inconclusive.
However, the child suffered from malnutrition, disease and abuse.

Joseph Miller, III and Nickello Reid have been charged with: 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 $500.00, which
carries a maximum penalty of up to 4 years in prison.

Reid was charged with another count of welfare fraud over $500.00 and two
counts of failure to inform, each of which carry a maximum penalty of up to
4 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.

Reid's mother, Doretha Lippett, 51, of Detroit was charged with two counts
of welfare fraud for her role in helping her daughter.

"It is very difficult to think of an innocent child suffering so profoundly
during his two years on earth," said Worthy.


Previous Stories:
a.. November 27, 2007: Investigation Continues Into Baby's Death After
Bones Found In Home
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/15641806/detail.html


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