Police remaining quiet about death of Live Oak child


Published: Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2003 at 11:14 p.m.
Police remain tight-lipped about last week's death of a 2-year-old Live Oak girl.
But they continue to emphasize that they believe foul play was involved in the death of Serinity Nicole Miller, although publicly they have not named a suspect.
On Jan. 2, neighbors at 638 Washington Ave. were alerted by the boyfriend of the child's mother that Serinity was not breathing. She later was pronounced dead after being taken to Shands at Live Oak.
Police Chief Nolan McLeod said he attended the girl's funeral services in Jasper on Friday.
Investigators have not released the cause of the child's death and, as of the end of this week, continue to wait for autopsy information. McLeod said another part of the investigation is a reconstruction of events within the apartment in the hours before Serinity died.
Found at the home were Serinity's 1-year-old brother, who is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, and the boyfriend of the child's mother, Fredrick L. Stegall, 39, McLeod said. Her mother, Marion Faye Cason, was not in the home when a neighbor made a 911 call reporting an "unresponsive child."
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is involved in the case, and investigators have met with prosecutors at the State Attorney's Office. But McLeod said he would not put a time frame on when the investigation would be resolved.

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