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Herbert Miller, 24, was arrested and charged with child abuse and assault after a 7-month old baby was pronounced dead on Christmas morning.
Herbert Miller, 24, was arrested and charged with child abuse and assault after a 7-month old baby was pronounced dead on Christmas morning. (Baltimore police)

A Baltimore parent admitted to getting frustrated and fatally shaking a 7-month-old baby in a Dec. 22 incident, according to court documents.

Herbert Miller, 24, was babysitting his girlfriend’s daughter after she dropped her off at his house on Saturday night because she wanted to go out with her friends, according to charging documents.

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The mother stayed in contact with Miller throughout the night after she dropped her daughter, Harlem Phillips, and off and all through the day on Sunday. Around 10 p.m. Sunday night Miller called the baby’s mother, telling her Harlem had a seizure and they were going to Johns Hopkins Hospital, documents said.

Miller, who originally told Baltimore police the baby fell off the couch and had a seizure, was taken to the child abuse office after a doctor further examined the child’s injuries. Miller admitted to law enforcement that he was “getting frustrated” and shook Harlem hard and looked the child in her in the eyes as they began to roll into her head, according to charging documents.

Miller said he knew he caused the injury and said he was sorry for what he did, according to charging documents.

Medical examiners ruled that the child died from a blunt force trauma, according to police. Harlem was pronounced dead on Christmas Day at 8:31 a.m.

Miller was charged with first-degree and second-degree child abuse and first-degree and second-degree assault, according to police.

Earlier this month, police announced that they were investigating another young baby who was killed. On Dec. 9, Baltimore police said they were looking into circumstances surrounding the death of Syncere Curry, a 2-month-old child who was brought to Johns Hopkins Hospital last November and was unresponsive, according to a media release from the department.

Syncere died this year on Sept. 19, prompting the new probe.

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