• Pennsylvania man charged with homicide in death of girlfriend's 11-month-old daughter

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    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. 

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    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.

    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.

    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.

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