Couple Killed Son, Tried To Cremate Body On Grill Sentenced

A Detroit, Michigan couple who admitted killing their 2-year-old son and allegedly tried to cremate his body on a barbecue grill have been sentenced to prison.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Michael Callahan on Thursday sentenced 29-year-old Joseph Miller to 22 to 50 years in prison for second-degree murder and 25-year-old Nickella Reid to 10 to 15 years for involuntary manslaughter.

Miller and Reid pleaded guilty last month to those and other lesser charges.

Police found Deuntay Miller's remains while investigating the 2007 scalding of the couple's 1-year-old son. Prosecutors say the couple continued collected Deuntay's welfare benefits after his death.


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  • by Tashima Beach Location: Italy on May 20, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    I totally agree with JD!! I'm a mother of a 2 1/2 yr old boy and can not understand how people can be such barbarians. They only had kids to collect a check. I want to say more but trying to keep my language clean. This upsets me till now end!!! Not every adult deserves to be a parent.
  • by JD Location: New Bern on Apr 21, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Why should our hard earned tax dollars help to keep people like this alive??? They might be in prison, but they still are getting clothes on their backs, food in the bellies and shelter over their heads. Killing a 2 year old baby and abusing a 1 year old baby?!?!?! They should not be allowed to live.
  • by Mary Location: Louisville, KY on Apr 21, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    Just when I thought that I have heard many horror stories, then I read that a couple tried to creamated their two year old son on a grill; how sick is that! May they rot in HELL!
  • by Concerned Location: Washington on Apr 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    Sick people in this world. I hope these people pay dearly for the manslaughter. No on in their right mind would ever do something so disturbing. Hell bound.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    Some people just need to go straight to hell.
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Apr 21, 2009 at 12:35 AM
    To answer your question, Ank is an atheist that feels he is in trouble for his non belief. He hopes someone can tell him something that gives him a glimmer of hope about going to hell. He feels if he makes a strong enough point about Christians that he will dismiss the possibility of going there. You see, even satan knows there is a God.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2009 at 09:01 PM
    Before I posted my comment 3 people had mentioned God in their comments. I see someone else hopes the criminals burn in hell. They didn't mention Jesus but the commentators on this site are predominantly Christian, that's why I said what I said. Yes anonymous, what they did was dispicable, but we should not lower ourselves to their level by doing the same thing they did. I don't know why I'm even arguing this point because the outlandish punishment you people are suggesting will never happen in this country anyway, and for good reason: Because this nation is mostly civilized, you folks should join us.
  • by ??? on Apr 20, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    that poor baby. they need to suffer the way they made him suffer. i know he's in heaven and he'll be much safer. they don't deserve for our tax dollars to even feed, clothe, or give them a place to lay their heads at night!!!
  • by ??/ on Apr 20, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    i hope they burn in hell for this. it's so sad that people want to keep killing their children. give them up for adoption and stop torturing them
  • by Anonymous Location: Goldsboro on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    Speaking of medievil, what do you call what they have done? They don't deserve anything less. Those children deserve much better than that. They deserve the worst punishment that can be put upon them. It has nothing to do with being "nice southern Christian folk". How many more kids have to die before something is done to stop people from killing the. I say fry them both!!
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