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Court clears way for new hearing in baby's 2001 death

Posted at 12:35 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 12:35:45-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court reopened the case of a Battle Creek woman who has lined up experts to offer new opinions on the death of her daughter in 2001.

Tonia Miller has been in prison since 2003 when she was convicted of second-degree murder.

Defense experts believe Miller’s 11-week-old daughter died from pneumonia — not head trauma referred to as shaken baby syndrome.

The appeals court this week ordered an evidentiary hearing in Calhoun County and assigned the case to a different judge.

It’s possible Miller could get a new trial.