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Charges filed after suspicious toddler death ruled a homicide

JENNINGS, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged a 24-year-old Jennings man with murder after detectives determined a child's death was actually a homicide.

According to Officer Benjamin Granda, a police spokesman, two-year-old Cayden Carson was found unresponsive in the 5600 block of Helen Avenue just after 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 8. Carson was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident was initially reported as a suspicious death but was later reclassified as a homicide.

Corey Miller

Authorities said Corey Miller kicked, hit, and squeezed the little boy, resulting in the child's death.  Miller was charged with child abuse and second-degree murder. He remains jailed on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

If convicted, Miller faces up to 30 years in prison for each count.

Neighbors said Carson’s family was new to the block; few even recalled seeing the boy. They're heart-broken; first to hear he that died and then to hear it was not from an illness.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.