Maryland Man Gets 40 Years in Fatal Child Abuse Case

Brian M. Miller sentenced to 40 years for the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son

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    A Hagerstown man has been sentenced to 40 years for the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

    Brian Michael Miller, 34, was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

    He had pleaded guilty in September to first-degree child abuse resulting in death, and two counts of second-degree felony child abuse.

    Investigators say the boy, Logan Sellers, hit his head when Miller pushed him to the floor of the home they shared. Miller told police he was angry because the boy trashed a bedroom. Miller called 911 after he realized Logan had stopped breathing.

    The boy was taken to Children's National Medical Center in the District, where he died five days later.

    Miller had faced up to 65 years. Circuit Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Miller to the maximum 30 years for first-degree child abuse resulting in death and 10 years on a second-degree child abuse charge, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports.

    Miller received a 15-year suspended sentence on another second-degree child abuse charge, and five years of probation after release. He could serve up to half of his total sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

    “I think he should have gotten a lot longer” sentence, Amanda Sellers told the Herald-Mail.