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Baltimore man pleads guilty to shaking, killing girlfriend's child

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Jul 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-12 16:36:44-04

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore man pleaded guilty for shaking his girlfriend’s infant child to death.

Herbert Miller was sentenced to 50 years in jail suspending all but 20 years, and five years of probation upon release.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse resulting in death.

"The nature of this case is truly heartbreaking and deeply upsetting,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “While I am thankful that justice has been served for baby Harlem, I recognize that today’s outcome pales in comparison to the unthinkable suffering experienced for her mother from the loss of her innocent and beautiful baby.”

On December, 22, 2019, around 10 p.m., Baltimore Police officers responded to the 2400 block of Louise Avenue following a report of an unresponsive child.

Officers found seven month-old Harlem Phillips and took him to Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Center.

Doctors discovered that she suffered from internal subdural hematoma to her head, retinal eye hemorrhaging and was in critical condition.

Baltimore City Police Department Child Abuse Unit was notified and responded to the hospital. Upon arrival, they spoke with medical personnel who informed them that the victim went into cardiac arrest and had bleeding on the brain with injuries commonly found in cases with shaken children.

Investigators found that on December 21, 2019, the victim's mother left the child with her boyfriend, Herbert Miller, to babysit for the weekend.

Witnesses told police, Miller claimed the victim fell off the couch and her eyes rolled back, at which point Miller called 911. He was the only person watching the infant at the time.

Miller later admitted to shaking the victim because she would not stop crying. The infant remained in critical condition during her admission at the pediatric intensive care unit and, despite medical intervention, died on December 25, 2019.

On December 26, 2019, an autopsy was performed and found bleeding in the scalp, around and within the brain, in the eye and eye nerves, and in the spinal cord. There was also swelling on her brain. The injuries were consistent with inflicted injury. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.