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Woman convicted of desecrating babysitter’s body appears before parole board

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Posted at 7:01 PM, Jan 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-27 21:01:53-05

DRAPER, Utah -- A Weber County woman convicted of helping to hide her babysitter’s body more than three years ago went before a parole board Tuesday morning.

Dea Millerberg, 41, pleaded guilty to the desecration of a body and was sentenced last August to zero to five years in prison. The hearing was to determine how much time she would serve in incarceration.

In September of 2011, Millerberg and her husband Eric shot up drugs with their babysitter Alexis Rasmussen, who was 16 at the time.

The teen died of an overdose and the Millerbergs hid her body in rural Morgan County.

During the hearing Millerberg tearfully apologized to Lexi’s family for her actions.

"I'm not feeling sorry for myself, because I don't -- I struggle with it every day, what I did. The longer I've been off drugs the harder this is -- the decisions I made," Millerberg said.

Millerberg’s husband, Eric, was convicted of child abuse homicide and other charges, and is serving up to life in prison.

Millerberg’s sentence could be at the most, four and half more years.

Lexi’s mother, Dawn Miera, spoke at Tuesday’s hearing.

“I don't know if she really feels sorry,” Miera said. “I don't know if this is just about her. How can I feel, as a mother, when she saw me as a mother, looking for my child and she didn't help me?"

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