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Mom charged with manslaughter, DUI for Salem crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter - Six Years Sentence

Statesman Journal - "A Turner woman is facing manslaughter, DUI and meth charges stemming from a 2018 car crash that killed her young daughter. Janie Amanda Miller, 33, was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree manslaughter, DUI, methamphetamine possession and four counts of reckless endangerment. According to Salem police, she was involved in an April 7 crash at the intersection of Cordon Road and Lancaster Drive SE. Salem police spokesman Lt. Treven Upkes said Miller's car was traveling southbound on Cordon when it collided head-on with an SUV stopped in a turn lane waiting to turn north onto Lancaster." .
"A Turner woman arrested on manslaughter charges following a 2018 DUI car crash that killed her toddler daughter was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison Tuesday. Janie Miller, 34, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree assault for causing injury to her daughter along with charges of DUI and four counts of reckless endangerment. The first-degree manslaughter charge against her was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. One count of methamphetamine possession was also dismissed. Miller was arrested in March, almost a full year after her 2-year-old daughter died in the crash in Salem. Janie A. Miller, 34, was arrested on manslaughter and DUI charges following a 2018 crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter. According to Salem police, she was involved in an April 7, 2018, crash at the intersection of Cordon Road and Lancaster Drive SE. Salem police officials said Miller's car was traveling southbound on Cordon when it collided head-on with an SUV stopped in a turn lane waiting to turn north onto Lancaster. Miller and her daughter Ellie Jane Bruce were taken to Salem Hospital for treatment. No one else was injured in the crash. Ellie died later on April 26, 2018, according to her obituary. "She was as good as it gets when it comes to having a two-year-old in your life," the family wrote in the obituary. "She was just starting to realize that she was in charge and running the show. Her favorite word was 'NO'. She will forever be in our thoughts." Ellie would've turned 4 this December. Miller's blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash was at least 0.15%, according to court records. She allegedly was under the influence of marijuana and was caught with a usable amount of methamphetamine." Gig Wyatt is a partner in the law firm of Harris, Wyatt, Amala, LLC and has been in practice for over 30 years.

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