FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 24, 2018
Contact: Heather F. Williamson
Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office
20 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176-2809
CHILD ABUSER VIOLATES PROBATION 60 DAYS AFTER BEING RELEASED
JUDGE RETURNS MILLER TO SERVE FIVE YEAR BALANCE OF PRISON TIME
LEESBURG, Virginia – October 12, 2018. Daniel Miller appeared before the Honorable Jeanette Irby for having violated the terms of his probation and suspended sentence.
Miller was prosecuted in 2005 for felony child abuse and malicious wounding of a 22 month old boy, the son of his then girlfriend. While watching the toddler, Miller beat the child resulting in multiple bruises as well as a broken jaw. Miller further used a torch lighter and made multiple circular burns along the child’s arm. Finally, an “X” was burned into the child’s wrist. It was discovered that “X” was Miller’s nickname. Medical professionals stated that it was the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen. A jury fixed his sentence at 20 years. During the sentencing phase, the Judge suspended 5 years of the 20 year sentence to ensure some supervision upon his release from prison. Miller was released from prison in December 2017. In February 2018, Miller was arrested and later convicted of using illegal narcotics and DUI.
During the hearing on the probation violation, Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman submitted information to Judge Irby related to the underlying offense since she was not the original Judge to preside over the case. “I felt it important that Judge Irby review the facts of this horrible case and the severity of Miller’s behavior.” Also called to testify was the Grandmother of the child to describe what he went through growing up, to include significant dental work for his cracked infant teeth. While doing well otherwise, her grandson is now 16, but has regularly suffered from headaches since very young. Additionally, she provided pictures of her grandson’s arms, where scars can still be seen from the burns and are more visible during the summer months.
Judge Irby revoked the 5 year balance of the suspended sentence, returning Miller to the Virginia Department of Corrections to serve the remainder of his time.