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(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Opening statements by Deputy Weber County prosecuting attorney Chris Shaw, Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the trial for Eric Millerberg, accused in the 2011 drug-related death of his childrenís 16-year-old baby sitter. Millerberg, 38, of North Ogden, is charged with first-degree felony child-abuse homicide in the September 2011 death of Alexis "Lexi" Rasmussen. He also is charged with felony counts of obstructing justice, desecrating a body and having unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
Prosecutor: Man injected drugs into Utah teen who died of overdose

Courts » Eric Millerberg charged with child-abuse homicide in drug-related death of his children’s 16-year-old baby sitter.

First Published Feb 12 2014 09:22 am • Last Updated Feb 12 2014 10:16 pm

Ogden • When Dea Millerberg picked up 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen from her North Ogden home on Sept. 10, 2011, she had every intention for the teen to baby-sit her young children.

She was going to go shopping with her husband, Eric Millerberg, to pick out a birthday gift for their daughter.

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But Dea Millerberg testified that plans suddenly changed when Eric Millerberg asked a question: Want to get high?

"We said yes," Dea Millerberg said.

So instead of a baby-sitting, Alexis went into the couple’s bedroom, where Eric Millerberg prepared three syringes of heroin — one for each of them, Dea Millerberg testified. The wife shot herself up in the bathroom, while Eric Millerberg injected Alexis, then himself.

It was the beginning of a drug-fueled night that would end with Alexis fatally overdosing, and the couple, in a panic, dumping the teen’s body in a remote area in Morgan County.

Dea Millerberg’s account came on the first day of testimony in a child-homicide trial for her husband. The 38-year-old man is charged in 2nd District Court with first-degree felony child-abuse homicide, along with felony counts of obstructing justice, desecrating a body and having unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

As the night progressed, Dea Millerberg and Alexis drove to a pharmacy in Layton to have a prescription filled. When they returned home, it was nearing midnight.

Eric Millerberg was at the home, and he had methamphetamine.

Again in the couple’s bathroom, Eric Millerberg prepared three syringes. Dea Millerberg testified that she injected herself, then watched her husband inject the drug into the teenager’s neck before injecting himself with the drug.

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The three then began trying to have sex, the woman testified, but they were all too high.

"It wasn’t really happening," Dea Millerberg said, adding that they then decided to do another shot of meth.

Shortly after her husband injected Alexis for the third time that night, Dea Millerberg testified that the teen began to complain of being cold and shaky. She suggested Alexis take a bath, she said.

"I went in to check on her and she was very disoriented," Dea Millerberg testified. "She kept on saying, ‘Just leave me alone. I’m fine.’ "

The Millerbergs helped her out of the tub and into the couple’s bed, Dea Millerberg testified. They then left her alone and went outside to smoke.

When they came back, the girl wasn’t moving or breathing.

"She didn’t look right," Dea Millerberg said through tears. "We moved her to the floor and started checking for breathing and a pulse. And she didn’t have one."

Dea Millerberg was, at the time, a licensed nurse, and began performing CPR. But Alexis never responded.

In a panic, the Millerbergs weighed their options, Dea said.

"We did discuss [calling 911,]" she said. "He [Eric] said, ‘We’ll go to jail. We’ll lose our kids.’ "

So they decided to hide the body.

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