Man And Woman Charged In Death Of 1-Year-Old Following Alleged Child Abuse

| by Jordan Smith

Two suspects in the death of 1-year-old Carter Lizar have been charged by police in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Lizar died on Aug. 27, his first birthday, after being discovered at a drug house several days earlier.

Roy Miller, 59, has been accused of felony abuse of a child, reports News-Press Now.

“Roy K. Miller assaulted the child victim ... by violently shaking him and causing injury, which resulted in substantial brain trauma, which resulted in his death,” court documents, submitted by Detective Quentin Abbott, alleged. “The defendant had care, custody and control of the child victim at time of the incident.”

Sasha Lizar, 28, the victim’s mother, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

“Sasha J. Lazar committed endangering the welfare of a child by leaving her infant child ... in a dangerous environment for several days, in which illegal drugs were routinely used and left the child in the care of subjects who were known to her to use illegal drugs,” the documents said. “The defendant also used illegal drugs with other individuals while she had care and custody of the child victim.” 

According to KCTV, neighbors did not know the child was staying in the house, which some label a "drug house."

John Miller, a neighbor who is not related to Roy Miller, recalled what happened Aug 24.

“Monday night, around 6:20 p.m., I was outside Weed-Eating when the Weed-Eater died, so I was messing with the string and I put the Weed-Eater down,” Miller told News-Press Now. “I heard screaming from across the street and I look over and I see a girl in her 20s run out and she’s holding something.”

“I could see her holding that child, lifeless,” he continued. “I went ahead and ran across the street, grabbed him, put him down on the ground and the older gentleman was really calm, so it was kind of weird.”

Sasha is being held on $25,000 bail, while Roy Miller’s bail stands at $100,000.

They were both due in court on Sept. 1. Sasha faces a maximum of seven years behind bars, while Miller could serve up to 30 years, if convicted.

Sources: News-Press Now, KCTV / Photo credit: KCTV