Father charged with murder after 3-year-old dies in Canton home

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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.

"It's a terrible thing, I didn't even know the people had a kid, they hadn't been there very long and we didn't know," neighbor Kevin Kennedy said.

Canton police say Hailey had injuries over her entire body.

"Probably was over a period of time, but there's also some fresh trauma to her too. New, recent that probably happened within the last 24 hours or maybe even within the last three or four hours before we were called there," said Captain Angelo.

Investigators say Hailey and her father lived in the home with his girlfriend and her 5-year-old son. They say he appeared to be unharmed, but was placed in the custody of child protective services.

"The patrol officers that were there were pretty shaken up about this. I've been here 27 years and I've seen a lot, you always think you've seen everything, then you go on a call like this and you see something beyond what you've seen before," Angelo said.

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