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Charges filed in N. Ogden teen's death

Weber County prosecutors have leveled felony charges against the couple suspected in the death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen.

Eric Millerberg was charged Tuesday with child abuse homicide, obstruction of justice, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and desecration of a body. His wife, Dea Millerberg, was also charged with desecration of a body.

Eric Millberg will appear via video hookup on Feb. 3. Dea Millerberg has been ordered to appear in court on Feb. 22.

In a news conference Tuesday, Weber County Attorney revealed new details about the circumstances surrounding Alexis' disappearance and death.

"The allegation is that she passed away at their residence and it was the result of a drug overdose," Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said.

Alexis was reported missing on Sept. 11 of last year. Her body was found about a month later in Morgan County.

Prosecutors accuse Eric Millerberg of providing the drugs that ultimately killed Alexis. Smith refused to address the unlawful sex with a minor charge filed against Millerberg. Both Eric and Dea Millerberg are accused of dumping Alexis' body.

Smith said that while the case began as a missing persons investigation, police found a lot of the people they had tried to question uncooperative. He said no other charges were planned in the case.

Family members of Alexis Rasmussen declined to comment on Tuesday. Eric Millerberg is currently in the Utah State Prison on a probation violation. Dea Millerberg would be issued a summons to appear in court.

In a statement to FOX 13, her attorney, Michael Bouwhuis, wrote:

"Dea is relieved that we've now reached the point where a charge has been filed in relation to the unfortunate death of Alexis Rasmussen. She has always maintained that she did not cause the death of Alexis Rasmussen, and this charge bears that out. We look forward to receiving discovery from the prosecutors so we can review it and decide how to proceed, a process which may take some time, as the investigation leading up to this point has taken a considerable amount of time.

In the meantime, Dea has been drug-free since her arrest, and has been working closely with DCFS and counselors to get the help she needs to continue in a positive direction.  She is very sorry about the untimely death of Alexis Rasmussen and sincerely hopes that the Rasmussen family will someday soon find healing and comfort."


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