Savannah police detective accused of abusing two-year-old

SAVANNAH — A Savannah Police Department detective has been arrested and charged with cruelty to children after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says he was caught on camera puncturing a child with an object.

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, at about 9:23 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was asked by the Savannah Police Department to assist with a child abuse investigation. 

According to the GBI, the preliminary investigation reveals that while off duty, Savannah police detective Vincent Miller, age 32, of Savannah, was at a neighbor’s house when he was caught on camera physically abusing a two year old child. The GBI says Miller punctured the child with an unknown object.

Miller was arrested and charged with one count of first degree Cruelty to Children.

The investigation is active and ongoing.  Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

The Savannah Police Department released the following statement about the investigation:

Savannah Police Department is launching an internal investigation following the recent arrest of an officer.

On May 15 officers were called to a Savannah residence regarding an SPD officer who had been involved in suspicious acts against a child. SPD responded and contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation immediately upon learning details of the claims made by the child’s parent. The GBI began an investigation resulting in the officer, Cpl. Vincent Miller, being arrested May 16 on a charge of cruelty to children – first degree.

While the GBI continues to investigate the incident, SPD’s Internal Affairs Division has launched an internal investigation. Miller, 32, will be on administrative leave while the internal investigation is ongoing.

Miller, 32, has been with the police department for seven years.

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