Tampa Man Arrested for 2009 Death of 3-Month-Old Baby

On Monday, a Tampa man was arrested in connection to the 2009 death of a 3-month-old baby boy that he was babysitting.

T. Miller, 28, was arrested by Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies at his home located in the 9000 block of Attenbury Drive. Authorities believe he is the one responsible for the death of the 3-month-old infant six years earlier.

To date, authorities have not made it clear as to why it took so long to make an arrest in this case. According to Debbie Carter, the spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, Miller has been a suspect since the beginning of the investigation.

Authorities never gave up on the investigation, and Miller’s arrest was prompted by recent developments in the homicide case, leading to an arrest warrant and Miller’s arrest.

Back in September of 2009, Miller was babysitting the 3-month-old boy while the baby’s mother was out of town on a weekend trip. On September 13, 2009, Miller called the boy’s mother and told her that the baby wasn’t breathing. The mother told Miller to call 911.

Once on the phone with emergency personnel, neighbors tried to give the infant CPR per the 911 operator’s instructions over the phone, however, their desperate attempts failed.

The boy was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. He did not survive, he succumbed to his injuries the following day.

After examining the child, the Hillsborough County medical examiner determined the cause of death as blunt impact to the head; the autopsy also revealed that the child suffered from bleeding in the brain.

This was not Miller’s first brush with the law. He has been in state prison twice for drug trafficking, burglary, and grand theft. In March, he was arrested for battery and released on bond.

First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse in Florida

Miller is facing charges of aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm and first-degree murder.

Under Sec. 782.04 of the Florida Statutes, when a person premeditates a killing while committing aggravated child abuse, it is a murder of the first degree (a capital felony).

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