You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 10 a.m.

Man accused of killing 1-year-old boy returns to court later this month

By Kyle Feldscher

The 34-year-old Ypsilanti Township man accused of killing a 1-year-old boy in October will return to court for a preliminary exam later this month.


Michael Curtiss

Michael Curtiss is charged with open murder and first-degree child abuse for the death of Chase Miller. Curtiss was babysitting Chase on Oct. 21 when he died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Curtiss will be back in court at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 21 at the 14A-1 District Court in Pittsfield Township, according to jail records. The hearing is being held on a Friday, which typically indicates testimony will be heard in the case to allow a judge to determine if the charges should be bound over to trial.

Curtiss is also charged with possessing less than 25 grams of heroin. The drug was allegedly found in his possession when police responded to the home in the 1100 block of Fall River Road. It’s unknown if Curtiss was high at the time of Chase’s death.

According to police, Curtiss was romantically involved with Chase’s mother. Police have also confirmed Curtiss’ 6-year-old son was in the house at the time of Chase’s death.

If convicted, Curtiss faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on the charges of open murder and first-degree child abuse. He’s being held in the Washtenaw County Jail without bond.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Gina Harmon

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

I know the mother personally, and she was married at the. time chase was born, so for all who judge her, don't cause you have no idea what she is going through, she had no idea he was on drugs. so think before you speak


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 10:54 p.m.

peace to this poor woman. the pain of losing a child is so tough.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 5:19 p.m.

Gina, YOU ARE SO COMPLETELY RIGHT. unfortunately, as we both know, there are a lot of self-righteous trolls out there who can only boost their massive egos by looking down their noses at others. let him who is without sin cast the first stone!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa Stevens Patterson

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 3:09 p.m.

The court system will take care of him. He has no way of getting out of what he has done.. There will be JUSTICE FOR CHASE


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 2:19 p.m.

This man needs to pay for this sick crime he did...There is alott that will come out at the trial that the general public hasnt heard YET. Stay strong babies momma....Loosing a child is a terrible loss.

Dan r OBryan

Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

to many woman ,just letting anyone around their children . to many children being born to different mommies and daddy's. were and when will society start taking some responsibilities . A 100 YEARS AGO we didnt have birth control .and there wasnt a high rate of multiple parents. I FEEL FOR THIS INNOCENT CHILD . peoples choices these days


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 2:04 a.m.

*of a responsibility!


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 2:03 a.m.

People are not going to stop having sex, birth control is a necessity to prevent situations like this. Yet I agree that if you find the prospect of marriage too much responsibility you should not have children.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 3:12 p.m.

Can't we just do away with this scumbag and save the tax payers some money? The Chinese justice system would work well in this situation.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.

Actually he will be in solitary confinement because the inmates will get to him first. This type of perp is the low of the low. Karma will get him.