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    OH - Hailey Miku, 3, beaten to death, Canton, 4 March 2016

    CANTON - Two people have been charged after a 3-year-old girl died in her home Friday morning.

    The child's father 22-year-old Matthew Miku was charged with murder and child endangering. His live-in girlfriend, 21-year-old Jessica Bender was charged with child endangering.

    Miku's bond was set at $1 million, while Bender's was set at $250,000.

    Miku frantically called 911 to say this three-year old daughter was not breathing. When help arrived, paramedics found Hailey Miku already deceased. The coroner ruled her death a homicide.

    Just after 11 a.m. Friday, Canton police responded to a home on Dewalt Avenue, NW

    During the 911 call, Matthew Miku told the dispatcher that the girl had fallen down some stairs a week before.

    "The child had sustained severe blunt force trauma and it was clear just by sight that this child had suffered something pretty traumatic, and when the coroner arrived and began examining the body, we just kept finding more and more injuries to the child," said Canton Police Captain Jack Angelo.

    More at link...there is a video that I cannot insert here.

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    http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index...medium=twitter

    CANTON, Ohio The father of a 3-year-old Canton girl found dead in her home Friday and the father's live-in girlfriend have been charged in connection with the toddler's death.

    Mathew N. Miku, 22, is charged with murder and child endangering in the death of his daughter Hailey Miku. Mathew Miku's girlfriend, Jessica L. Bender, 21, is also charged with child endangering, Canton police said in a news release.

    Mathew Miku is being held on a $1 million bond, while Bender's bond is $250,000, police said.



    911 call. Graphic content warning: Some people may be troubled by the contents of this call.

    First responders were dispatched about 11:15 a.m. Friday to the home on the 1000 block of Dewalt Avenue N.W. after receiving a call from Hailey's father.

    "My daughter's dead," Mathew Miku told the dispatcher, sobbing into the phone.

    Hailey was found dead at the home by paramedics, police said.


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    At the link you can hear the 911 call. I was not ablt to copy it with my tablet
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    http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-n...eath-in-canton

    CANTON, Ohio - The father of 3-year-old Hailey Miku and his girlfriend have been charged in the homicide of the toddler.

    The child's father Mathew N. Miku, 22, was charged with murder and child endangering.

    Miku's live-in girlfriend Jessica L. Bender, 21, was also charged with child endangering.

    Officers were called to Dewalt Avenue around 11:15 a.m. Friday for a report of an unconscious child.

    When paramedics arrived, Hailey Miku was already dead.

    Canton Police Capt. Jack Angelo said there appeared to severe blunt force trauma to the child.

    Angelo said bruising and cuts all over the toddler's body appeared to have happened over time, but there were also signs of fresh injuries.

    "Whether it would have been from hands or an object, that will be for the coroner to decide,"

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    Mathew Miku is being held on $1 million bond. Police said the pair have no prior criminal history.

    A 5-year-old living in the house was also taken into custody by Child Protective Services. The child is not a sibling of the 3-year-old and police said he did not have any apparent injuries.
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    Dewalt Ave NW

    https://goo.gl/maps/N3pwW3jG7tF2

    This is the house that Hailey lived in when she was founf dead.
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    This is another horrible case of a child that did not deserve this. I am heartbroken for this precio1us little girl. It sounds like she has a lot of trauma to her body, old and new.

    R.I.P. Hailey
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    Sara Goldenberg (@SaraGoldenberg): https://twitter.com/SaraGoldenberg?s=09

    #Canton Police investigating death of 3-year-old Hailey Miku as a homicide. They say her dad called 911, she was found unconscious.

    #Canton Police say they're questioning the people who live in the home on 3-year-old's death. But will not confirm if parents of girl.


    Just listened to 911 call from #Canton Police. Dad called 911, said he found 3-year-old daughter dead. Said she had fallen on steps week ago

    Pic of 3-year-old Hailey Miku, found dead in her #Canton home by her dad. Police say it's a homicide. Credit: family https://t.co/tovUpS0DyK


    This is the house where #Canton Police found 3-year-old Hailey Miku dead. They say it's a homicide. https://t.co/HKFE9Vvsqu

    BREAKING: dad of Hailey, Matthew Miku, charged with murder & child endangerment. #Canton Police https://t.co/8diAEu4cOJ

    Hailey update: dad's girlfriend Jessica Bender, 21, also charged with child endangerment. #Canton Police

    Hailey's grandparents haven't seen son Mat in 2 years. Now they're dealing with the toddler's death and his arrest. https://t.co/N87AKU3peP
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    http://m.cleveland19.com/19actionnew...tguid=bhlkI3B6

    CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The death of a 3-year-old*girl is under investigation and charges have been filed.

    Canton Police*say around 11:15 a.m. Friday, dispatch received a call regarding an unconscious child at 1007 Dewalt Avenue. Police say Mathew*Miku*called 911 and said he found his daughter, Hailey, dead in her bed.*He sounded distraught during the call*and said Hailey had fallen on the steps a week ago.*

    Further*investigation led detectives to treat this as a homicide.*

    Later Friday, 22-year-old Mathew Miku*was charged with murder (F-1) and*child endangering (F-2). His bond was set at $1 million. His live-in girlfriend, 21-year-old*Jessica Bender, was charged with child endangering (F-3). Her bond was set at $250,000.

    Police say both suspects are residents at the*home.*




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    Poor little love. I wonder if the five year old can she'd any light as to what's been going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie_lee View Post
    http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index...medium=twitter

    CANTON, Ohio The father of a 3-year-old Canton girl found dead in her home Friday and the father's live-in girlfriend have been charged in connection with the toddler's death.

    Mathew N. Miku, 22, is charged with murder and child endangering in the death of his daughter Hailey Miku. Mathew Miku's girlfriend, Jessica L. Bender, 21, is also charged with child endangering, Canton police said in a news release.

    Mathew Miku is being held on a $1 million bond, while Bender's bond is $250,000, police said.



    911 call. Graphic content warning: Some people may be troubled by the contents of this call.

    First responders were dispatched about 11:15 a.m. Friday to the home on the 1000 block of Dewalt Avenue N.W. after receiving a call from Hailey's father.

    "My daughter's dead," Mathew Miku told the dispatcher, sobbing into the phone.

    Hailey was found dead at the home by paramedics, police said.


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    At the link you can hear the 911 call. I was not ablt to copy it with my tablet
    For some reason the sound file of the 911 call wouldn't open for me. Here's another link in case anyone else has the same problem:

    http://www.cantonrep.com/article/201...NEWS/160309639

    It's worth listening to the call; dad's way over the top upset and keeps (literally) howling and repeating that his daughter is dead. IOW he's acting pretty much in the opposite way most parents would in an emergency call. In fact, the first thing he says is "Please. Aahh, aahh, my daughter's dead." Not that she's not moving or not breathing, but rather she's dead. Creepy.

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    Ed Balint (@ebalintREP): https://twitter.com/ebalintREP?s=09

    More details emerge in the death of 3-year-old Hailey Miku. Visit https://t.co/Yk05MZat6p

    A 5-year-old boy, who lived at same home as Hailey Miku, told social workers that the girl's father had physically abused her in the past.

    The boy, who has been removed from the Canton home where Hailey Miku was found dead Friday, said the girl's father injured her head, body.

    Stark Family Court records said Mathew Miku, charged in Hailey's death, admitted to police that he physically abused the 3-year-old girl.

    The emergency shelter care hearing at Stark County Family Court is over for the 5-year-old boy who lived in the same home as Hailey Miku.

    The shelter care hearing did not directly relate to Hailey Miku, the 3-year-old girl found dead at her Canton home Friday.

    Jessica Bender, charged with child endangering in Hailey Miku case, appeared in Stark County Family Court. https://t.co/08CSYx2VF1
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    http://m.cantonrep.com/news/20160314...form=hootsuite

    A police detective described in chilling detail how Mathew N. Miku confessed to beating his 3-year-old daughter so severely she died from the injuries.

    Miku said that "voices" in his head told him to keep hitting the toddler, and he couldn't stop, according to testimony from Detective Joe Mongold during a preliminary hearing in Canton Municipal Court Monday afternoon. The 22-year-old Miku often confined his daughter to a room in an effort to protect her from his chronic abuse, the detective said under questioning from city Prosecutor Ty Hauritz.

    "He advised it was his actions that killed Hailey," Mangold testified. Miku said "he needed help and just couldn't stop beating her."

    Miku is charged with murder and child endangering. After hearing Mongold describe the injuries Miku had inflicted on Hailey, including to the face, head and body, Judge John Poulos ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to a Stark County grand jury. Miku had made the incriminating statements during a police interview that lasted between 90 minutes and two hours, Mongold said.
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    Absolutely heartbreaking thinking of what little Hailey had to endure !
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    Ed Balint (@ebalintREP): https://twitter.com/ebalintREP?s=09

    A preliminary hearing is set for early this afternoon in the case of Mathew Miku, who is charged in the death of 3-year-old Hailey Miku.

    In the Mathew N. Miku case, either an evidentiary hearing will take place or the defense will waive it and send the case to a grand jury.

    A preliminary hearing took place for Mathew Miku and Jessica Bender today in the Hailey Miku case at Canton Municipal Court.

    A Canton detective said at court hearing that Mathew Miku admitted to repeatedly beating 3-year-old Hailey Miku.

    The detective also said Mathew Miku admitted to beating his toddler daughter, Hailey, and causing severe injuries resulting in her death.

    The police detective said that in an interview, Mathew Miku said voices in his head told him to beat Hailey Miku and he couldn't stop.

    The Canton detective described multiple injuries to 3-year-old Hailey Miku, including cuts to face, head injuries, welts, puncture wound.

    Canton Municipal Court Judge John Poulos found probable cause to bind Mathew Miku case over to Stark Common Pleas. He faces murder charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie_lee View Post
    Ed Balint (@ebalintREP): https://twitter.com/ebalintREP?s=09

    A preliminary hearing is set for early this afternoon in the case of Mathew Miku, who is charged in the death of 3-year-old Hailey Miku.

    In the Mathew N. Miku case, either an evidentiary hearing will take place or the defense will waive it and send the case to a grand jury.

    A preliminary hearing took place for Mathew Miku and Jessica Bender today in the Hailey Miku case at Canton Municipal Court.

    A Canton detective said at court hearing that Mathew Miku admitted to repeatedly beating 3-year-old Hailey Miku.

    The detective also said Mathew Miku admitted to beating his toddler daughter, Hailey, and causing severe injuries resulting in her death.

    The police detective said that in an interview, Mathew Miku said voices in his head told him to beat Hailey Miku and he couldn't stop.

    The Canton detective described multiple injuries to 3-year-old Hailey Miku, including cuts to face, head injuries, welts, puncture wound.

    Canton Municipal Court Judge John Poulos found probable cause to bind Mathew Miku case over to Stark Common Pleas. He faces murder charge.
    Oh that poor baby!

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    http://www.cantonrep.com/news/201701...nd-wants-trial

    A city man -- who was expected to plead guilty to beating his 3-year-old daughter to death -- changed his mind Wednesday.

    Mathew Miku, 23, charged with murder and child endangering in the March 4 death of Hailey Miku, will instead stand trial beginning Monday in Stark County Common Pleas Court.

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    Posted Feb 7, 2017 at 1:33 PM
    Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    By Edd Pritchard
    CantonRep.com staff writer

    CANTON Jessica Bender looked at the small belt held in front of her.

    She said it was used by her boyfriend Mathew Miku to whip his 3-year-old daughter, Hailey.


    She was then shown a long plastic kitchen spoon. Miku also used it to hit his daughter, Bender said.

    County prosecutors introduced the items as evidence when Bender took the stand Tuesday, a key witness in Miku's trial on murder and child endangering charges. Trial testimony began Monday in Stark County Common Pleas Court before Judge Chryssa Hartnett.

    Jurors also heard from Miku himself during Tuesday's testimony. A taped interview between Miku and Canton Police Det. Joseph Mongold was introduced as evidence and played when Mongold testified.

    During the interview that lasted about two hours Miku went from talking about trying to help his sick and injured daughter to acknowledging he caused her death.

    "I killed my daughter. I cannot believe this," Miku told Mongold midway through the interview.

    Initially Miku blamed Hailey's injuries on two falls, one during the week prior to her death and as second the day before. But as the interview progressed Miku admitted to sometimes hitting his daughter and said he had struck her rather hard on the left side of her head with an open hand the week before.

    "I know what I did was wrong," Miku said toward the end of the interview, adding that he should walked away and not hurt his daughter.


    Assistant County Coroner Renee Robinson followed Mongold and testified about the injuries Hailey suffered. She ruled that little girl died because of acute and chronic trauma and neglect.

    Photographs from Hailey's autopsy showed the girl had abrasions and bruises all over her body. There was a serious injury to the left side of her head and ear. In response to questions from Assistant Prosecutor Fred Scott, Robinson repeatedly said Hailey's injuries weren't caused by a fall.

    An internal exam indicated the girl was battling several problems and likely should have been hospitalized, Robinson said. Other tests indicated that she had not received pain killers or other treatment for her injuries.

    Witness to abuse

    Bender detailed her relationship with Miku during 2015 and early 2016. She said she witnessed Hailey getting whipped, Miku using his knuckles on her, Miku picking the child up by her head and withholding food and drink as discipline.

    "It had been going on but it was progressively getting worse," Bender told jurors.

    Hailey Miku was found dead on March 4, 2016, inside the couple's apartment on Dewalt Avenue NW.
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