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Police: Mother was on controlled substance during car fire that killed 4-year-old

4-year-old girl dies in Boise car fire

One person died and two others were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries Tuesday, April 10, after a car fire at the Walmart on West Overland Road in Boise.
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One person died and two others were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries Tuesday, April 10, after a car fire at the Walmart on West Overland Road in Boise.

The mother of the 4-year-old girl who died in a car fire in a Boise Walmart parking lot in April faces a total of three injury to a child felony charges, according to a Boise Police press release and online court records.

Jennifer A. Miller, 31, also faces two charge enhancements of infliction of great bodily injury, according to online court records. The charges stem from a two-month investigation of the incident.

The most recent felony charge of injury to a child, announced by police on Wednesday, is the result of a toxicology test which indicated Miller had a controlled substance in her system at the time of the incident.

According to previous Idaho Statesman reporting, Miller and Nicolas S. Rose, 26, were arrested on other charges related to the fire. Miller was also previously charged with Injury to Child on May 23, after a toddler who survived the fire was found to be in the presence of controlled substances while in Miller’s care.

The girl killed in the fire, Alliee Nicole Rose, died in the parking lot of the Boise Walmart at 8300 W. Overland Road. Miller, as well as Rose's younger brother Lane, were in the car at the time of the fire. Officials said they were sleeping when the fire likely started at 3 a.m. April 10 from a portable heating device being used in the car.

The boy sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to officials.

Shortly after the fire, a GoFundMe fundraising campaign was started to raise money for Alliee's funeral expenses and medical costs for her toddler brother, Lane, and their mother. To date, about $3,100 of the $10,000 goal has been raised. According to the fundraiser, Alliee “was a beautiful, carefree little girl who loved her family and her baby brother.”

Miller is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Judge David D. Manweiler at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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