In 2007 Detroit police were investigating Nickella Reid and Joseph Miller on child abuse claims when their 1-year-old son Nicholas Miller was brought to the hospital with burns over 35% of his body. During that investigation Reid told police of 2-year-old Deuntay Miller’s death and that they cremated Deuntay’s body on a barbecue grill to avoid funeral costs. Except further investigations found that while they were avoiding funeral costs the pair were still collecting welfare benefits in Deuntay’s name.
Monday they entered pleas to the charges against them…
Nickella Reid, 23, pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court to involuntary manslaughter and welfare fraud in connection with the death of her son, Deuntay Miller, prosecutors said.
Joseph Miller, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for Deuntay’s death.
When one of these welfare fraud cases happens it always makes me wonder what they spent the money on that they deemed more important than the death of their own son.
Thanks to Angie for the tip.