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Ft. Wayne woman gets 35-year sentence in death of 9-year-old stepson

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne woman who pleaded guilty to three felony charges in the beating death of her 9-year-old stepson has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Thirty-one-year-old Alesha Lynn Miller pleaded guilty in October to aggravated battery and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

The Journal Gazette reports that an Allen County judge accepted Miller’s plea deal Tuesday and sentenced her to the 35-year sentence it specified.

Miller and her wife, 37-year-old Jenna Miller brought Elijah Thomas Ross in December 2021 to a Fort Wayne hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A coroner found that Elijah died from multiple blunt-force injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.