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A Pevely, Missouri father has been charged with second-degree murder stemming from the February 2015 death of his daughter.

James Miller, 36, was charged on Jan. 7 for abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. Miller's bond was set at $500,000 cash only.

Miller had left the state and was arrested in Wisconsin this week. He isn't fighting extradition and will be returned to Jefferson County to face charges.

Police say Mya Miller, the 5-month-old baby, died on February 27, 2015 at Children's Hospital. Court documents state that she was taken to the hospital on Feb. 23 after officers from the Pevely Police Department responded to the Miller's residence on the 800 block of Larkin Drive in response to Mya having difficulty breathing. At the hospital, it was discovered she had previously suffered numerous broken ribs and internal head injuries. She died of complications on Feb. 27.

The court records state that James Miller was the only one caring for Mya when she began showing symptoms of declining health. The autopsy, which was performed by Dr. Michael Graham, revealed that "injuries to the brain are being assessed and that the child would have been instantly symptomatic from head trauma when it occurred."

Miller's neighbors are shocked about the charges.

"I don't know how anyone could mistreat a little baby, it just don't make sense," Mary Jackman, of Pevely, said.

Police said Graham's statement discredits the statement Miller made, which indicated that Mya was OK and her health gradually degraded.

Miller was charged with a Class A felony, punishable from 10 to 30 years or up to life in prison. Children's Division removed the baby's 17-month old brother from the home following the incident. 

James Miller is in custody at the Jefferson County jail.

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