Previously, we reported on a pair of young Texas girls who were missing, with the possibility that they had allegedly been kidnapped by their mother’s roommate. The roommate in question is also a person of interest in the suspicious death of the mother. Luckily, the girls have been found and we now know a little bit more about their suspected abductor, Terry Miles.
Girls Found Safe and Sound
Tonya Bates, 44, was found dead in her home in Round Rock, Texas on December 30, 2017. Subsequently, one of the police’s first priorities was locating her missing children, 14-year-old Lilianais Griffith and seven-year-old Luluvioletta Bandera-Magret.
It was believed that they were taken by Bates’ roommate, Terry Miles, 44. While the search first began in Texas, police quickly zeroed in on Colorado.
After receiving a tip, the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office attempted what they refer to as a “high-risk traffic stop.” Miles was arrested without incident.
The two girls appeared to be unharmed but were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Miles will be sent back to Round Rock for questioning.
Terry Miles’ Extensive Criminal History
Terry Miles has not been formally charged over the alleged abduction or the death of Bates, but his criminal background is troubling. Miles had four domestic abuse charges laid against him from 2009 to 2015.
Other charges that were filed against Miles but later dropped include pornography involving juveniles, attempted second-degree murder, and simple battery.
Miles also served time in California for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.
He has a history of violating probation conditions. His latest violation occurred in Louisiana—he is not allowed to leave the state without a travel permit.
And while he was never formally charged, Miles was also a person of interest in the third-degree rape of a woman in Sulphur, Louisiana. Additionally, he was a person of interest in the 2014 murder of Pamela Parker in Sulphur.
While Round Rock police have not made public Bates’ cause of death, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said, “In this particular case in Round Rock, it’s also a beating—which is the same manner of death [of Parker], which was never disclosed before this time.”