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Washington County man accused of endangering children due in court Friday

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Published: Dec. 14, 2019 at 7:50 PM EST
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UPDATE: 12/16/19 3 P.M.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday for a Washington County man whose 8-year-old step-daughter was severely burned at their home in Vincent on Friday.

Jimmie L. Miller Jr., 27, was arraigned Monday morning in Marietta Municipal Court where a judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for noon on Friday and set his bond at $20,000.

Washington County sheriff's deputies arrested Miller on a child-endangering charge after the girl's mother took her to the Belpre campus of Marietta Memorial Hospital with severe burns on 20 to 25 percent of her body on Saturday.

According to an affidavit of facts used to support an arrest warrant, the girl told medical workers that Miller had thrown water on her while she was sleeping. But when interviewed by deputies, Miller said he told the girl's 4-year-old brother to throw the water on her so that she would wake up and get him a television remote.

The affidavit also indicated the water came from a pot that had been left on a hot stove after Miller used it to drain noodles.

After the incident, the affidavit said Miller put the girl in a cold shower and put lotion on the burns before going to bed.

The girl was not taken to the hospital until Saturday when her mother, who was at work when the incident happened, came home and noticed the injuries.


ORIGINAL STORY: 12/14/19

A man is being held in the Washington County Jail after his step-daughter was severely burned with boiling water on Friday.

According to sheriff's deputies, Jimmie L. Miller Jr., of Vincent, is charged with endangering children after his 8-year-old step-daughter received first- and second-degree burns to her body.

Deputies responded to the emergency room at Memorial Health System's Belpre campus on Saturday after the child told medical staff that Miller had poured water on her while she was sleeping at her Vincent home.

Authorities went to the home and questioned Miller, who they said had several different versions of what happened to the juvenile victim, before telling them he instructed the girl's 4-year-old brother to throw the water on the victim.

According to court documents, Miller said throwing water to wake one another was a "common practice" in the household. In this instance, he woke the sleeping girl so that she could hand him the television remote.

Records show the pot used to throw the water on the child was left on a hot stove after Miller drained noodles.

The girl's mother, who was not home at the time of the incident, rushed her to the hospital the next morning when she noticed the burns.

Doctors estimate that 20 percent to 25 percent of her body was burned. She was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus for treatment.

Miller was taken into custody and taken to the Washington County Jail where he is waiting to be arraigned.

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