EAST HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Police have apprehended a Pennsylvania man wanted on charges related to the death of his girlfriend's infant daughter, authorities said.
Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that Derrick Bass, 29, was arrested in Ohio on Monday, two days after the 11-month-old was found dead in a Pack ‘n Play at an apartment complex in East Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania. He has been charged with homicide.
***UPDATE***— Troop A Public Information Officers (@PSPTroopAPIO) July 16, 2019
Thanks to the Western PA Fugitive Task Force & Ohio Law Enforcement Derrick Bass was taken into custody on homicide charges in Cleveland Ohio w/ out incident.
PSP Greensburg cannot thank you enough!
Thanks to all that called in w/ info and tips trying to help.
The baby’s mother told police that Bass was supposed to be watching her daughter and his two children. He also was supposed to pick her up from work, but never showed up, she told police.
When the girl’s mother got home, she noticed her daughter and various electronic items were missing, according to a complaint. She called police shortly after 11 p.m.
UPDATE- Infant death Gurley Dr, E. Huntington Twp— Troop A Public Information Officers (@PSPTroopAPIO) July 15, 2019
Derrick Bass aka "Hector" is charged with Homicide of the 11 month child.
Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts PLEASE contact 911.
He may currently have reddish hair pic.twitter.com/qczZQuqEAZ
Police responded to the apartment shortly after 12:30 a.m. after the mother reported finding her daughter unresponsive in the Pack ‘n Play, the complaint said. She did not see her until that time because the baby was covered in blankets, according to the complaint.
Family identified the girl as 11-month-old Niomie Miller.
An autopsy was conducted Sunday morning, and the preliminary cause of death was determined to be drowning, authorities said.
PSP Greensburg responded to a housing complex 7/13 approx 2330 hours at Gurley Drive in E Huntington Twp. An unresponsive infant was found at the scene and pronounced dead.— Troop A Public Information Officers (@PSPTroopAPIO) July 14, 2019
We have an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information please call 724-832-3288.