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Saturday, December 25, 2021 1:00 am

Death of boy, 9, declared homicide

46th in county this year; blunt force trauma ruled


The death of 9-year-old Elijah Thomas Ross was ruled a homicide Friday by the Allen County coroner's office.

Dr. Jon Brandenberger, the county coroner, made the ruling after saying this week that the boy died from multiple blunt-force injuries but the manner of death remained undetermined.

Among the injuries was a buildup of bleeding in the brain, a medical condition called subdural hematoma, according to Dr. Scott Wagner, who performed the autopsy.

The boy's stepmother, Alesha Lynn Miller, 30, and mother, Jenna Mae Miller, 36, were arrested this week after police were called to their home in the 800 block of Putnam Street at 1:15 a.m. Dec. 18. The Millers are married to each other.

Alesha Miller, arrested Tuesday, is charged with aggravated battery resulting in death, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and two additional counts of neglect of a dependent.

Jenna Miller, arrested Thursday, is charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent by failing to render medical aid and two counts of neglect of a dependent.

All the charges are felonies.

Elijah was pronounced dead at Lutheran Downtown Hospital early Saturday, where he was found to have multiple bruises – on his arms, face, lower back and buttocks – and other injuries, court documents said.

Elijah is the 46th homicide for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2021. The record is 48 homicides in 2016.

Elijah's death remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the offices of the Allen County prosecutor and the Allen County coroner.

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