Phoenix man accused of beating daughter while on Spice

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Marie Saavedra

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 9:11 PM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man was arrested Monday for allegedly beating his 18-month-old daughter after smoking Spice.

Jesse Martell Miller, 29, is charged with one count of child abuse. A judge set his bond at $45,000.

According to Maricopa County Superior Court documents, Phoenix police received a 911 call from Miller, saying, "I just beat up my daughter."

Officers went to Miller's home near 16th Street and Thomas Road, but he had called the child's mother at work and they had taken the girl to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Medical staff observed the baby was soaking wet and had facial bruising, dried blood in the nose and swollen lips, the police report shows.

The child is listed in stable but critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Officers contacted Miller at the hospital and said he had fresh wounds to his hands and was wearing wet clothing.

The mother told police that Miller contacted her at work and told her that he had beat up their daughter after smoking Spice and requested she go get the child.

According to the police report, Miller admitted to being alone with his daughter and smoking spice in the bathroom while she was in front of the television.

He reportedly told police he went to sit on the couch after smoking and that he was going "out of it," explaining that his soul left his body and he went to hell. When he "came to," he heard his baby screaming and she was bleeding from the mouth.

Police said he also admitted washing the blood off the child in the bathtub.

 

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