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Posted on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 5:53 p.m.

Police confirm identity of 1-year-old boy who died Sunday; suspect to be arraigned Thursday

By Katrease Stafford

Police confirmed Wednesday that the 1-year-old boy who died Sunday morning in Ypsilanti Township under what police have called suspicious circumstances is Chase Miller of Ypsilanti.

A 34-year-old Ypsilanti Township man is expected to be arraigned at 1 p.m., Thursday at the Washtenaw County Jail in Pittsfield Township in connection with the death.


Chase Miller

Courtesy Stark Funeral Services

"We’ll get some of the details out tomorrow but right now, status quo, we’re not releasing any more details," Sgt. Geoffrey Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said late Wednesday afternoon.

Chase, who was born Aug. 10, 2011, was the son of Benjamin Miller and Jill (Peters) Miller. Family members could not be reached for comment.

Deputies were dispatched to the 1100 block of Fall River Road in Ypsilanti Township at 12:30 a.m. Sunday upon receiving a 911 call reporting a young child was possibly choking. The 34-year-old man, who lived in the residence, made the 911 call, police said.

The man has no blood relation to Chase, police said.

When authorities arrived, the child was not breathing and CPR was administered by deputies until paramedics arrived and took Chase to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after resuscitation attempts failed, Fox previously told

Chase was preceded in death by his brother Benjamin James Miller Jr., who died March 28, 2006, as an infant.

Private services have taken place for Chase and were handled by Stark Funeral Service in Saline, according to an obituary. He was buried at Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti.

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Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

The embodiment of evil has a new face. May you get all you deserve in this life and the next.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

Chase died on Sunday and the memorial services have already taken place? Already?


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 3:49 p.m.'s first article showed pictures of the baby and the guy who did it on Monday. It also state child abuse from the guy. It would be nice if kept that first article up.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

And unfortunately another similar story just happened in Troy. It was on the the local Detroit news last night.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

Unfortunately, that report was from a similar occurrence that involved an event in Lenawee county. It seems that there is an open-season on our babies!

Cindy Heflin

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

Chelseami: We have published no photos of a suspect in connection with this death.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

Could we find out who they are arraigning today? The docket site is not working properly. Thank you.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.

What a terrible tragedy. Prayers to the family.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

wow 2 children died? So so sad...


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 2:01 p.m.

My sincere condolences to the family. I went to school and have mutual friends with the mother. I have a 1 year old and can't even imagine how Jill is feeling right now and hope I never have to. I don't know the details, but it sounds like the child was in the care of a family friend. Let this be a lesson: You can never be too careful who you entrust with the care of your children.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 1:33 p.m.

What a beautiful baby boy! I hope the person that is responsible for this is put away for life!


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 11:32 a.m.

My heart goes out to the family and friends.

Wolf's Bane

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 11:10 a.m.

Some people don't know when they are blessed. This is so disgusting and our laws a joke.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 3:18 p.m.

I hope you are not implying that these parents were not aware of their blessings. Or that they were somehow responsible for these tragedies. I agree that this event is disgusting and repulses me to the depths of my soul. I suppose we'll soon see if our laws are a joke. I suppose that they will not be, at least in this case.

Urban Sombrero

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 1:02 a.m.

What a gorgeous little boy. My most sincere condolences go out to the family.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:26 a.m.

How can this article be printed? How can this little boys name and picture be printed? All of this without the permission of the parents! What if they didn't want their info given to press or there son out there like this! We as a society are to worried about others tragedies and need to worry more about our own lives!


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 1:39 p.m.

Fester yes I do know who the 34 yr old man is. Don't worry the noisy press will know after today!


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:27 p.m.

Heartbroken, regardless, the family had to release it, the funeral home has a public website that it was used on. So the Family released it, when you release a picture to be used in any public forum, you never know where it will go, you don't have control over it.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:18 p.m.

Since you personally know the mom, who is the 34 year-old unrelated person? Why was he in the home? With the child?


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:15 p.m.

Well personally knowing the mother I can say NO she did not want her name or her sons name in the news! And ruralmom if you noticed under the picture it says courtesy of stark funeral home not the parents!


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:11 p.m.

Well where do YOU think the picture came from? Someone had to provide it to the media.

Lisa Stevens Patterson

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 2:10 a.m.

It needs to be posted to make people really think about where the life is with God and what is going on in this world. It gets sadder and sadder every day. and the parents want people to know. Wouldn't u ? LOVE U ALL R.I.P CHASE LOVE YOU


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 1:55 a.m.

Knowing a story is one thing, but putting names and pictures is another!

Unusual Suspect

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 1:16 a.m.

It's public information, legally. Imagine a world where people could just disappear without the public knowing about it.

Linda Peck

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : midnight

He was a beautiful baby boy and I pray for blessings for his family.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 11:23 p.m.

I am so sorry for this family. It is unimaginable to think their darling son is gone.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 10:48 p.m.

So very sad... a sweet baby boy.. my heart goes out to this family.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 10:18 p.m.

I just cannot imagine the grief of the Miller family. My heart goes out to them.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 10:16 p.m.

"Chase was preceded in death by his brother Benjamin James Miller Jr., who died March 28, 2006, as an infant." wow. what a nightmare.