10-year-old girl’s death ruled homi­cide

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

The case of a 10-year-old girl who died of head in­juries she suf­fered a decade be­fore has been de­clared a homi­cide, Prince Ge­orge’s County po­lice said.

Ela­nis Mil­fort was 6 months old when she was the vic­tim of child abuse and suf­fered head­in­jury trauma on June 8, 2006, po­lice said.

In March 2016, Ela­nis died three days af­ter un­der­go­ing spinal surgery con­nected to the in­juries she sus­tained as an in­fant, po­lice said.

The Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner in the District de­ter­mined last month that the girl’s death was a homi­cide, po­lice said.

It is un­clear why there was a de­lay be­tween the girl’s death and the homi­cide rul­ing.

Her fa­ther, Lionel Mil­fort, was con­victed of child abuse and served a prison sen­tence, from which he was re­leased in 2014.

The Prince Ge­orge’s County State’s At­tor­ney’s of­fice is screen­ing the case to de­ter­mine whether he should face ad­di­tional charges in the girl's death, po­lice said.

— Lynh Bui

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