Man being returned to Jackson Co. to face child assault charge

Published 6:39 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Jackson County authorities say a man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Moss Point girl should be extradited from Mobile, Ala., by Wednesday.

Sheriff Mike Byrd said Marice Dion Miller, 18, was being held by the Mobile Police Department. Byrd said Miller is one of two men accused in last month’s kidnap and sexual assault of the girl.

LaBrandon Thompson, 17, was arrested Feb. 28 and charged with kidnapping. Authorities said Thompson is charged as an adult in the case and is being held in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center.

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Byrd said the only obstacle preventing Miller from being returned to Jackson County was a preliminary hearing for escape. Officers said Miller had tried to escape jail shortly after his arrest in Mobile.

“As soon as they call, we will go pick him up,” Byrd said.

He said Miller would continue to face escape charges in Mobile along with the charges in Jackson County.

Investigators said the child was taken from her Moss Point home on Feb. 7, driven to an undisclosed location in the Orange Grove community by two men and sexually assaulted.

The child was later found by a man driving home from work who saw her walking on the side of the road and took her to safety, Byrd said.