Woman sentenced for hiding baby sitter’s body
OGDEN, Utah (KSTU) – A Utah woman is facing prison time after she tried to hide her baby sitter’s body following a drug overdose.
Three years ago, authorities say Dea Millerberg and her husband, Eric, used drugs with their 16-year-old babysitter, Lexi Rasmussen.
A while later, prosecutors say Eric Millerberg injected Lexi with a mixture of heroin and methamphetamine.
That mixture caused her to overdose, which led to her death.
According to KSTU, after the couple realized Lexi had died, they decided not to call 911.
Instead, they disposed of Lexi’s body in a remote part of northern Utah.
Lexi’s remains were later found and police confronted Dea Millerberg with the evidence of the crime.
Her testimony ultimately helped convict her husband and sent him to prison.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Eric Millerberg was convicted of child abuse homicide, obstructing justice, desecrating a human body and having unlawful sexual activity with Lexi.
He was sentenced to life in prison.
In June, Dea Millerberg pleaded guilty to desecration of a human body, obtaining a prescription illegally and obstructing justice.
On Thursday, she was sentenced to five years in prison for her actions.
In court, she apologized to Lexi’s family and asked for forgiveness.
“I just want to say that I am appalled and disgusted by what I’ve done,” she said. “You’re in my prayers, and one day I hope you’ll be able to forgive me.”
The judge called her acts “depraved” and said he would have sentenced her to more time in prison since she was a nurse and a mother at the time of Lexi’s death.