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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-166

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 30, 2013
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    Mother Charged With Manslaughter

    Mother leaves 7-month-old son in bathtub alone with the water running.
    • Sunday
    • April 28, 2013
    • Time: 4:15 PM
    • 14512 Seaford Circle #104
    • Tampa, FL


    Sierra McMillan
    DOB: 10/31/90
    14512 Seaford Cr #104
    Tampa, FL

    Charge: Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child


    On April 28, 2013, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the defendant Sierra McMillan placed her 7-month-old infant inside the bathtub and started the water for a bath. McMillan left the infant in the bathtub with the water running to answer the door to a solicitor. While inside the apartment, the solicitor (witness) could hear the water running and a child crying. The witness advised after a few minutes the infant had stopped crying.

    The witness advised that after approximately 15-20 minutes the defendant went into the bathroom and turned the water off. When the defendant returned, the witness noticed the defendant’s arms and the front of her shirt to be wet. The witness remained in the apartment a few more minutes until the defendant asked him to return another time.

    After leaving the apartment, the witness observed deputies and emergency personnel arriving to the apartment. He observed EMS personnel leaving the scene with a baby and decided to tell deputies what he had observed while within the apartment.

    An autopsy of the victim was conducted and the manner of death was listed as accident and the cause of death as drowning of an unattended child. The victim died of drowning caused by being left alone in the bathtub while the water was running. Deputies arrested Sierra McMillan on April 29, 2013, without incident.
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