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Father Pleads Guilty in Child's Death
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A West Branch man entered an Alford plea to reduced charges after he was first accused of murder in the death of his daughter.
3-month old Kimisha died in October, 2007 after suffering severe head injuries which experts said was the result of abuse.
Curtis Miller made the agreement on charges of child endangerment leading to bodily harm and involuntary manslaughter. Together, the charges carry a sentence of 15 years in prison. With time served, that leaves nine years left for Miller to serve.
Miller was originally convicted in 2009 of a more serious charge, child endangerment resulting in death, which carried a 50-year prison sentence. But after appealing his ruling, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled a mistrial should have been declared after the court allowed a juror to leave deliberations.
Instead of a new trial, Miller agreed to the lesser charges today.