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Suspect in Toddler's Death Arrested in S.C.

Posted March 12, 2008 12:09 p.m. EDT
Updated March 12, 2008 12:34 p.m. EDT

— South Carolina authorities have arrested a Fayetteville man in the beating death of a 1-year-old child over the weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

Marcus Dontell Miller, 32, of 2918 Dwelle Drive, Fayetteville, was arrested Tuesday in Greenville by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Team. Authorities charged him  with first-degree murder and felony child abuse. He was being held in Greenville awaiting extradition to Cumberland County.

The unidentified toddler was found dead Saturday morning, authorities said. An autopsy report from the State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the child died of blows to the head.

Miller was a recent boyfriend of the child’s mother, and she left the child in Miller’s care at his home last Friday while she went to work, authorities said.

Investigators said Miller disappeared before the mother awoke Saturday morning, and they said he took her keys, car, money and a cell phone.