- March 22, 2008
Nevaeh Alana Miller
was brought into the hospital on March 20, 2008, it was obvious to
that she was in bad shape and was not going to survive. The head trauma
that this beautiful, little Angel had suffered, made any chance of
totally hopeless. Nevaeh was brought in on a Thursday and on Friday,
was baptized by a priest. On what would have been her seventh month of
life, her parents made a tough decision, they were going to bring hope
to a few families by donating Nevaeh's heart, kidneys and her liver.
died on Saturday,
March 22, 2008. Because of an unselfish act on the part of her parents,
other babies have been given new life:
them in their eyes and said 'Nevaeh's already in heaven. Let's help
doesn't have to die. She was and still is a beautiful baby because
are still living because of her"
- great aunt
a great point when she said:
been all over the place, but Nevaeh's story hasn't been anywhere. It's
'hey, I was a person, and I didn't deserve this.' She didn't hurt
was accused of abusing and causing the death of Nevaeh. Jereme was the
boyfriend of Jennifer Wilcox, Nevaeh's mother. Jereme was held in the
Washington jail on $1. million dollar bail. The charge was second
was told about
the condition of Nevaeh on Friday morning. A member of her family
her while they were on the way to the hospital. Jennifer was already
as well as Brian Miller, who is the father of Nevaeh and Janet's
Jennifer was in shock at the situation while Brian was angry. There
reports about Jereme's
he had a troubled a childhood:
Jereme.' Nobody has said 'poor Nevaeh. She was this little baby girl
to her mother and her father, just a joy. Her life was snubbed out"
29 at the time, had come home from work that day to find Nevaeh in an
state. They were living in a hotel room, which they had rented at the
Motel, while Jennifer tried to save money to rent an apartment. Their
landlord had sold the place they were living in and they had been
to move. They lived in the room with her daughter and her son, who was
eight, from a previous relationship:
baby with him because I trusted him. It kind of opens your eyes – I
with nobody unless it was a family member, now"
her that day to tell her that Nevaeh had fallen and hit her head,
she seemed to be okay according to him. Apparently, he then turned to
Marijuana with his friends.
said that Jennifer
and Brian had dated for a few months before Nevaeh had been born. They
eventually broke up, though they did remain friends and Brian was a
active father. Nevaeh, she said, was a typical baby:
and climbing on things. Learning how to form words. Experiencing new
Just normal baby, learning and growing"
was spent at the hospital with Nevaeh and the details of what Jereme
to her, were horrible. The hopelessness of the entire situation was
beyond hope, yet you know nothing's going to change. You're just sitting
and thinking to yourself well, maybe a miracle will happen. But
priest who baptized
Nevaeh said that her baptism was going to ensure that they didn't need
to worry about her eternal fate:
sins. There's nothing she could have done. She was just starting life"
Neptune Society was going to cremate Nevaeh at no charge to the
family. A memorial service was arranged by Jennifer's coworkers at the
hospital where she worked in Spokane.
is cremating the child at no charge, Stolz said. Wilcox's coworkers at
the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Spokane are arranging a memorial
note: I have read about the troubles Jereme has had and would
put a few those into the story. Out of respect for Janet Stolz and
I am not going to do that here. I think whatever he went through as a
from what I have read, is a result of his own choice in making bad
I feel bad for what his
going through and have read some of their comments. I WILL talk
about the court dates and things along that line.
upheld by District Court Judge Debra Hayes and he was also banned from
using the phone after it was discovered that he was trying to call
County Deputy Prosecutor, Kelly Fitzgerald, said that Jereme's brother,
Josh, had called Jennifer several times while visiting his brother in
the day that she had been injured, Jereme had called Jennifer to tell
that Nevaeh had fallen and that she cried for a few minutes before she
fell asleep while drinking a bottle. Some of his friends stopped by and
saw that he was scared and anxious and they tried to revive Nevaeh and
then while she lay there limp and un-
they say she was breathing, they smoked some Marijuana. Jennifer got
about 5:00 p.m. and called 911.
say that he was drying Nevaeh off after he had given her a bath. The
at Sacred Heart Medical Center said that the injuries which killed her,
were typical of those seen in babies who had died due to Shaken Baby
Man pleads guilty to ‘08
April 12, 2010
Spokane man who murdered
girl, then assaulted her older brother, faces 12 to 20 years in prison
when he’s sentenced next month.
J. Bassett, 24, has
been in Spokane
County Jail since March 20, 2008, the day his now ex-girlfriend brought
her daughter, Nevaeh Alana Miller, to Sacred Heart Medical Center with
head trauma so severe doctors said recovery was hopeless.
guilty to second-degree
murder and third-degree assault of a child and will be sentenced May 3.
wish he would have
burned in Hell instead,
but it sounds like this is the best deal we’re going to get,” said
grandmother, Deborah Parks. “It’ll never replace what he took from us.”
stems from Bassett
choking Nevaeh’s 8-year-old half-brother and slamming him into a bed
the children’s mother, Jennifer Wilcox, rushed Nevaeh to the hospital.
The boy had commented to Bassett that Nevaeh “was brain dead,”
to court documents.
was unemployed and
Nevaeh and the boy while Wilcox worked.
returned the day of
to find her baby unresponsive in the room she and Bassett shared at the
West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard.
had called her
earlier to say Nevaeh
had fallen and hit her head but seemed OK. He told police he tried to
the child, then smoked marijuana with two friends who were visiting.
was pronounced dead
on March 22,
2008. Her organs were donated to three babies. Parks said she stays in
contact with the parents of the baby who received Nevaeh’s heart.
made a big difference,” she said.
convictions for possession
of a controlled substance, residential burglary, and attempted
criminal history calls
for a standard
sentencing range of 144 to 244 months.
Court Judge Annette
Plese approved Bassett’s plea deal on Thursday, the same day Spokane
announced the arrest of 18-year-old Tyler L. Jamison on accusations
he assaulted his 2-month-old daughter, SkyeLynn.
Bassett given 15-year
Nevaeh Miller’s death
May 4, 2010
judge sentenced an
admitted baby killer
to 15 years in prison Monday but denied the slayer’s mother a final
a hug before deputies escorted him away.
J. Bassett, 24, last
guilty to the second-degree murder of 7-month-old Nevaeh Alana Miller,
who was the daughter of Bassett’s girlfriend at the time, Jennifer
Bassett also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault that stemmed from
choking Wilcox’s 8-year-old son after he learned Nevaeh was brain dead.
Annette Plese sentenced
Bassett to 15 years in prison, following a plea agreement between
Prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald and Assistant Public Defender Kevin
However, Bassett will get credit for more than two years he has served
in jail since he harmed Nevaeh on March 20, 2008, in the room he and
shared at the West Wynn Motel on Sunset Boulevard.
have hurt me so bad,”
grandfather, Lester Hart, said in court. “The first chance I got to see
her, she was already dead. May the rest of your life be filled with
and misery because Nevaeh’s life is over.”
girl’s mother, Jennifer
out how Bassett did nothing to help Nevaeh after he assaulted her so
that the girl was declared brain dead when she arrived at Providence
Heart Medical Center. In fact, Bassett smoked marijuana with a couple
after beating the girl and it was Wilcox who rushed the girl for
help hours later when she returned home from work.
died two days later,
but not before
three other babies received the benefit of her transplanted organs.
are not capable of
unconditional love I have for my children,” Wilcox said in court. “I
in my heart that justice is being done Monday. I fought the fight that
my kids could not.”
Naugle, asked the
judge for two things. She wanted to speak on her son’s behalf, and she
requested that she be able to hug her son before he was sent to prison.
father abused him. His
me,” Naugle said with tears. “I’m sincerely sorry to everyone in her
My son has been man enough to take responsibility for his actions. I’m
losing my child, too.
failed you as a mother
and never thought
to take you away from an abusive father. I just pray that everyone in
family can forgive him.”
Plese denied Naugle’s
request for the
embrace, pointing out that Wilcox did not have the opportunity to hug
who was unemployed
at the time
and has previous convictions for possession of drugs, residential
and attempted first-degree theft, struggled to speak. But he asked for
forgiveness from Nevaeh’s family.
would like to apologize
… for the pain
and grief I have caused,” he said. “I am truly sorry for what happened.”
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