A woman serving time for the death of one of her children, and the father of that child pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of possessing marijuana in the apartment they occupied with their other baby.
Danielle Y. Miller, 25, and Gregory A. Armstrong, 33, of Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, were arraigned in County Court on charges of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.
About two pounds of marijuana were found in an Oct. 12 police raid on their apartment, which completed a three-month county Drug Task Force investigation into drug dealing at that location. The couple's six-month-old daughter was in the apartment.
Miller was sentenced two weeks ago to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison for violating her probation in connection with the June 30, 1995, death of the couple's first child, Sayvon Miller Armstrong. He died at the age of 17 months from eating crack cocaine he found on the floor of the couple's apartment on Center Court in Niagara Falls.
The probation violation consisted of not staying away from drugs or from Armstrong, as then-County Judge Amy J. Fricano had ordered Miller to do when she placed her on five years' probation at her Feb. 8, 1996 sentencing for criminally negligent homicide.
Armstrong had pleaded guilty to the same charge in connection with the boy's death, and was sentenced at the time to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. He's now behind bars as a parole violator, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeanne M. Juliao.
Miller is pregnant with a third child. She said in court at her probation violation sentencing that Armstrong is not the father.