Nyia Miangel Page
According to her parents, 23-month-old Niya Page (left) was last seen at 12:30 a.m. on the morning of February 3, 2007, in their Braddock, Penn., home, when her father, William Lorenzo Page (right), put her to bed. The family awakened to find her gone and immediately called police, who quickly issued an Amber Alert, and organized an intensive search of the area fearing the girl would die in the freezing temperatures. By the next evening searchers had found her frozen body in an abandoned, overgrown playground. Though there were tiny footprints in the snow, investigators determined that barefoot Niya, who was wearing only a diaper and a sweater, could not have gotten there by herself. A blanket found nearby was from her home and may have been used to wrap her. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office concluded that she had died of exposure. During the search investigators discovered that her father had severely beaten a young boy in the home with a belt and sexually abused him. Mr. Page was arrested on charges of simple and indecent assault of a child, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. Later he confessed to Allegheny County Detective Robert Opferman, who testified that Page had told him he had awoken around 3 a.m. and gone to the basement to have a brandy. Page confessed that Niya came downstairs without her diaper and he became so frustrated that he kicked her between the legs. He tried to stop the bleeding, wrapped her in a blanket and took her outside where he left her. Page has been charged and his non-jury trial has been continued to October 13, 2009.