Abuse defendant faces new charges

By Joe Beck

Authorities remained tight-lipped Friday as they continued their investigation into the death of an 18-month old Woodstock boy earlier in the week.

Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley had no comment when asked about further details of the case, including the name of the victim.

Reiley said he was not identifying the victim “because it’s an active criminal investigation.”

“We’re still looking at everything at this point,” Reiley added. “We want to make sure we have left no stone unturned.”

Nicole Dawn Miller, identified in court records as the fiancée of the victim’s father, has been charged with child abuse and child endangerment. She is being held without bond in the Shenandoah County Jail.

Miller, 25, was arrested Monday after police came to her apartment at 135 Valley Vista Drive and found the victim unresponsive and not breathing. He was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and later transferred to University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon.

Court records reported the boy suffered from numerous bruises and severe head and internal injuries.

Court records in Jefferson County in Charles Town, W.Va., show Miller was charged with bigamy and taking stolen property into the state in 2007. Both cases are still open.

The criminal complaint in the bigamy case states that Deputy P.G. Smith took a complaint Jan. 3, 2007, at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department from Miller’s husband. He reported that he had recently learned that she was also married to another man from an earlier marriage, according to the complaint.

The complaint, written by Smith, describes a woman who moved around considerably in the year or so before the bigamy charge was filed in January 2007.

The complaint states that the victim, Lawrence Kyle Painter, told Smith that the couple met Jan. 9, 2006, and married March 1, 2006. They lived in Lovettsville for about six months before moving to West Virginia, according to the complaint. The complaint states “they stayed at numerous locations” and then settled down for about six months at an address in Kearneysville, W.Va.

“They lived there for about six months until they recently got evicted,” the complaint states.

Smith wrote that Painter moved back to Lovettsville after discovering Miller’s earlier marriage. The complaint states that Painter believed “the accused married him to gain monetary advancement.”

Smith stated that he spoke with Miller later the same day. She admitted to already being married when she decided to marry Painter and remained married to both men.

In a separate criminal complaint charging Miller with transporting stolen property into West Virginia, Smith reported finding a 2005 Dodge pickup truck that he believed to have been stolen out of Clarke County. He found the vehicle parked at Miller’s Kearneyville home on Jan. 7, 2007, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that Smith verified the truck was the same one as a vehicle the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office had reported stolen. Painter, one of Miller’s two husbands, was identified as the owner of the truck, according to the complaint.

“Mr. Painter believes that a Nicole Miller was the individual that possibly stole the said vehicle,” Smith wrote.

Online court records show that Miller was charged a few months later with grand larceny in Clarke County, but the charge was later dropped.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137, ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com.