Posted at: 04/17/2014 10:54 AM
Updated at: 04/17/2014 12:50 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
Just days after a 2-year-old girl was found unresponsive after police said her caretaker beat her, another child is in the hospital with similar injuries.
On Wednesday, Albuquerque police arrested 22-year-old Stefon Miller on a charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.
Officers were dispatched to a home on Halter Drive Tuesday on reports of an unconscious 3-month-old baby who had trouble breathing. Miller, the child's father, told police he was watching the baby alone while the child's mother was not at home. He tossed her up into the air several times in a playful manner. After the second or third time, Miller said he noticed the child was not breathing.
The baby was transported to UNM Hospital and underwent emergency surgery for a brain bleed. Medical staff informed an APD Crimes Against Children detective that Miller's explanation for the child's injuries did not match the severity of her injuries.
Detectives said Miller changed his story multiple times when they interviewed him the next day. They said he finally admitted to shaking the child out of frustration.
According to the criminal complaint, the child was listed in critical condition after her surgery on Tuesday. The girl's mother, Jillian Dixon, told KOB that she has been advised not to talk to the media. She said her baby is "doing better."
Miller is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.