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Manslaughter Charges Filed Against Mother in Death of Burnsville Child – Sha’reese Monique Miller
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Sha’reese Monique Miller, age 24, of Burnsville, was charged* today with three counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree in connection with the death of her four year old son, Key’ontay Miller Peterson, on June 11, 2013.

Backstrom said that these charges relate to the indictment returned on January 17, 2014, by the Dakota County Grand Jury charging William Alphonso Warr, age 26, with multiple counts of Murder in the First and Second Degree in reference to the death of this child.  Warr had an ongoing relationship with Sha’reese Miller despite the existence of an Order for Protection prohibiting Warr from having contact with her, the victim, and his two year old brother.

Details pertaining to these charges can be found in the criminal complaint located at: Criminal Complaint Search.  If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at: Inmate Search.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Key’ontay Miller Peterson and ruled that his death resulted from complications caused by blunt force injuries to his abdomen and chest, and the manner of death was determined to be homicide.  The Medical Examiner also found that the victim had multiple bruises on his head, face, arms, chest and back and also had eight broken ribs, breaks which occurred on at least two different occasions.

Backstrom commented:  “When a child dies from neglect or endangerment by a parent it is referred to as manslaughter under Minnesota law.  These charges allege that Sha’reese Miller failed to protect her son from a person she knew was harming him, placing him in extreme danger by doing so, and that she failed to seek timely medical care when his life could have been saved.”

Backstrom thanked the Burnsville Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case.

Sha’reese Miller made her first appearance on these charges today.  Bail was set in the amount of $100,000 with no conditions or $50,000 with conditions.  Miller’s next court appearance in connection with these charges will be on February 24, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.

*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.​