22-year-old Dakota Miller of Hornell is now charged with manslaughter in the first degree tonight after originally being charged with assault in the second degree for the death of a baby boy, Ian Maniske-Huff.
Miller was arraigned in Hornell city court this morning.
“After the death of the child, there was an autopsy done. We have a preliminary report done at this time. That was on December 1, 2015, but based upon the results of the autopsy, the fact that the child died of multiple blunt force trauma, this is being ruled a homicide and today we upgraded the charges against Mr. Dakota Miller to manslaughter in the first degree,” Steuben County District Attorney, Brooks Baker said.
According to Baker, Miller is not baby Ian’s father, but was responsible for watching him while the baby’s mother, Codie Baker, was at work on Thanksgiving.
The district attorney says Miller and Baker were dating at the time and are now expecting a child together.
When Baker came home from work, the district attorney says she found her son in his crib with serious wounds on his body from head to toe.
Baby Ian died the following Sunday at Strong Memorial Hospital of injuries to his brain and a lacerated liver.
Miller is accused of biting the child so hard, it caused internal bleeding. The infant also suffered multiple other blows, but it’s unclear how.
“Having seen some of the life photographs of Ian and seeing what happened to him in that hospital by photograph, it’s obviously powerful and we need to set that aside to deal with the case as a legal matter,” Brooks Baker said.
Miller has a history of incidents with the law. He was on parole at the time of the incident and is now being held on 200,000 cash bail in the Steuben County Jail.
“This may be the worst beating case I have seen,” Brooks Baker said.
The district attorney says he’s waiting to review forensic evidence and a final autopsy report before this case goes before the grand jury and more serious charges are pursued.