Two charged in baby’s death

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Two people are facing charges in the death investigation of an infant.

Somerset Borough Police say 10-month-old Arianna Miller died on April 14, 2017.

Angalina Miller, 28 and Michael Wingard, 31, are facing aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment charges. 

Miller and Wingard were arrested with warrants Tuesday. The pair were remanded to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 secured bail for each defendant.

We’re told the baby suffered a traumatic brain injury on April 8th while allegedly in the care of Miller and Wingard. In the criminal complaint, Wingard admitted they gave Arianna a bath and she may have hit her head.

Arianna was taken to Somerset Hospital by Miller on April 10th. Emergency personnel told police the baby was unconscious and unresponsive. She was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh after a subdural hematoma was found on the right side of her brain. 

Doctors said Arianna suffered a traumatic brain injury that could only have been caused by intentional force.

“The nature of what she was suffering from couldn’t have come from a fall, from being hit with a toy. It clearly was inflicted. Once inflicted she would have been in immediate distress,” said Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser.

In a news conference Tuesday, the Somerset County district attorney and the police chief said it’s likely Miller and Wingard were under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. 

“This is a ripple effect of addiction. I can’t be any more frank than that. It clearly took over what they’re responsibilities were as parents,” said Lazzari-Strasiser.

“Someone had to have seen something and when those people remain silent children suffer and sometimes children die,” said Somerset Borough Police Chief Randy Cox.

Investigators said they have to wait for the final autopsy results before they can file criminal homicide charges against the couple.

“In a lot of ways the physical evidence is very clear. The pool of suspects is very small. The piece that we’re missing is waiting for that cause of death coming from the autopsy,” said Chief Cox.

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