Daycare worker arrested in child death case

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MONTGOMERY, CO, MD – Montgomery County Police Department are investigating the homicide of a six-month-old girl, Miller “Millie” Lilliston of Rockville.  Police have charged Kia Divband, 35 years old, of Rockville, with second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree child abuse.

In the late morning of April 19, homicide detectives responded to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (SGAH) for the report of an unresponsive infant who had been transported to the hospital.  Investigators determined that prior to arriving at the hospital, the child, Millie Lilliston, was in the care of Kia Divband at his licensed daycare.  Divband’s daycare, Little Dreamers, is located at Divband’s residence at 1603 Grandin Avenue in Rockville.

On April 21, homicide detectives served a search warrant at the Little Dreamers daycare and Divband’s residence.  Blood evidence was recovered in multiple locations in the daycare facility, including the stroller that Millie was seated in on April 19.  A trash can with bloodied baby wipes was located outside with the trash bins.  Investigators also noticed that Divband had removed Millie’s name label from her belongings bin.

Medical reports from CNMC described Millie suffering from multiple inflicted injuries.  None of these were consistent with the choking event described by Divbandin in earlier interviews but were consistent with repeated incidents of physical abuse.

On April 24, an autopsy was performed by the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  That office ruled Millie’s death  a homicide caused by multiple blunt-force injuries.

Divband will have a bond review today at 1:00 p.m. in Rockville District Court.  He is currently being held on $2,000,000 bond.