Ypsilanti Twp. murder suspect enters plea

Michael Curtiss pleads no contenst to second degree murder, child abuse

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An Ypsilanti Township man has entered a no contest plea in a case involving the death of 1-year-old boy in October 2012.

Michael Curtiss plead no contest to second degree murder and first degree child abuse Monday morning.

Under the plea agreement Curtiss will receive a minimum of 30 years in prison.

The case stems back to October 25, 2012 when police were called to a home in the 1100 block of Fall River in Ypsilanti Township.

When deputies arrived on scene they were met by Curtiss, holding the child who showed no signs of life. Deputies checked for breathing and a pulse but did not find either one. The child was placed on the ground and deputies started CPR until paramedics arrived. The child was transported to St Josephs Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced deceased after resuscitation efforts failed. Curtiss, who is not related to the child, was watching the child for the mother at his residence.
The victim was identified as Chase Miller. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Curtiss will be sentenced May 14.

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