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By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 8, 2007 in Crime
Father knocked child out then left her outside
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The father of a young girl who died of exposure had knocked her unconscious because he was angry. He then took her outside where temperatures were sub-zero and left her there.
Nyia Miangel Page, who was about to turn 2, was found dead Sunday in a wooded area that is about a 10 minute walk from the family's home. Her tiny footprints in the snow show that she had gotten up and wandered around before she died.
William Lorenzo Page, 23-years-old, of Braddock, Pennsylvania, was arrested on charges of criminal homicide, kidnapping, false reports and simple assault. He was not represented by an attorney on Thursday morning, and was jailed without bond.
Mr. Page told police he woke up early Saturday and found the girl awake and playing near a mirror in the hallway. He said he got mad when she wouldn't go back to bed and he hit her so hard she fell back, hit her head and was unconscious. Her so-called father then took her outside wrapped in a blanket and left her.
An autopsy determined Nyia died of hypothermia, but the Allegheny County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide. Investigators say it is unreasonable to expect that the child got to the wooded area on her own. She was found on what is being decribed as a "wooded knoll" where she would have had to climb 17 snowy steps up to.
Nyia's was reported missing on Saturday morning after another child told them that she wasn't in her bed. Nyia's mother told police she last saw the girl after Nyia tried to crawl into her bed around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The mother told police she put the youngster back into her own bed in an upstairs room.
Police, emergency crews and bloodhounds searched in 20-degree temperatures for almost two days before finding the little girl's body.
Words cannot describe what a despicable excuse for a human being this man is. How could he do this to a defenseless child?
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