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BPD Make Arrest in Baby Death

Darnell Miller

Buffalo police have made an arrest in the beating death of an infant on Humason Street. "C" District officers responded to a rescue call involving a 9 month old child on Monday, October 26th at around 7:15AM. Investigating officers were told the baby boy was found unresponsive, by his parents.

The baby boy was pronounced dead on arrival at Erie County Medical Center. A subsequent investigation was begun by homicide detectives, and an autopsy was performed on the child, Demari Miller, at the Erie County Morgue. "It was determined that the cause of death was the result of a severe beating, indicated by both external and internal injuries," according to Dennis J. Richards, Chief of Detectives.

Deputy Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda added, "It's the most disturbing autopsy report I've ever seen."

On October 28th, the father of the child was questioned at police headquarters, and confessed to homicide squad detectives Michael Acquino and Michael A. Mordino. The father, 25 year old Darnell Miller of Humason Street, has been arrested and charged with murder in the second degree, for beating his son, and causing his death. Miller was booked late Wednesday, and is held without bail at the Erie County Holding Center.

Assisting in the investigation and arrest were Homicide Squad Detective Sergeant Daniel F. Rinaldo and Detective Mary E. Gugliuzza.