Mother pleads guilty to beating of Fort Wayne boys to death; 20 years ago

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) — The mother of the 9-year-old boy who was killed by his stepmother in December has signed a 20-year plea deal.

Jenna Miller will be sentenced Jan. 6, according to court officials speaking to WANE 15 on Monday. Her trial was scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

She was charged with two counts of Level 1 neglect and two counts of Level 6 neglect in connection with the death of her son Elijah Ross on December 18, 2021.

Meanwhile, Alesha Miller, her wife, who signed a 30-year plea deal in October for the boy’s death by beating, will be sentenced Tuesday.

The beating took place at the Millers’ home on Putnam Avenue after they said they had returned from a Christmas party after receiving a call that the Elijah and his two older brothers were fighting.

When the beatings ended, the women took Elijah to a second floor shower to revive him. Unsuccessful, they wheeled him into Alesha’s white Jeep and took him to downtown St. Joseph Hospital, where the receptionist described Elijah as “cold and limp.”

The striking death outraged Fort Wayne, and neighbors on Putnam Avenue still keep a memorial afloat with flowers, teddy bears, and balloons.

Jenna Miller’s plea agreement stipulates that she must serve three concurrent charges — one Level 1 neglect and two Level 6 neglect felonies, each lasting two years. Mother pleads guilty to beating of Fort Wayne boys to death; 20 years ago

Dais Johnston

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