A Fort Wayne woman convicted of neglect in her 9-year-old son’s death was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jenna M. Miller pleaded guilty to three neglect charges in November.
The couple brought Elijah Thomas Ross to a Fort Wayne hospital on Dec. 18, 2021, but he was pronounced dead within an hour despite lifesaving measures.
Allen County’s coroner ruled Elijah’s death a homicide and determined that the boy died from multiple blunt-force injuries, including a traumatic brain injury caused by a buildup of blood.
Alesha and Jenna Miller initially told police in separate interviews that they were at a company Christmas party when they received a call about a fight between Elijah and an older brother. But Jenna Miller later told police that her wife beat Elijah with a wooden paddle while holding him down with her legs.