Man Charged After Child Dies Under ‘Suspicious Circumstances’

YPSILANTI TWP. (WWJ/AP) – A 34-year-old man has been charged following the death of a 1-year-old boy under what police have called suspicious circumstances.

Michael Curtiss was arraigned Thursday at the Washtenaw County Jail in Pittsfield Township in connection with the death of Chase Miller.

Investigators said deputies received a 911 call around 12:30 a.m. Sunday of a young child who was possibly choking at a home on the 1100 block of Fall River Road in Ypsilanti Township. When authorities arrived, police said the child wasn’t breathing. Paramedics took the child to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Further investigation revealed numerous suspicious facts about what happened on (that) night has led to the arrest of a male subject … in the home,” Sgt. Geoffrey Fox told

Police said Chase has no blood relation to Curtiss, who was watching him at the time.

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