DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman charged with the murder of Sgt. Daniel Baker says the alleged killer, Steven Wiggins, is a monster.
Erika Castro-Miles talked to News 2 on Monday from the Dickson County jail.
“I would undo it 10,000 times over,” she said. “I would undo it every single day of my life if I had to.”
The woman told News 2 Wiggins was high, beating her and threatening to kill her children if she disobeyed him.
“Steven is a very controlling, paranoid schizophrenic,” she said. “He’s very violent when he’s on drugs. The whole day before was non-stop screaming, yelling and trying to get out. Every time I tried to get out of the car, he’d speed up. He punched me in the chest and slapped me in the head.”
Sgt. Baker approached Castro-Miles and Wiggins in a broken down car on the morning of May 30 in Dickson County after a report of a suspicious vehicle was reported.
At the time, Wiggins was behind the wheel and Castro-Miles was in the passenger seat.
“At this point, he had already told me the day before when I got back in the car that he got rid of the gun, so I didn’t know he still had a gun in possession. I got out of the car to tell the sheriff that we had a flat tire and he told me to get back in the car,” she recalled.
“I hesitated for a moment to get back in, but he told me twice to get back in, so respectfully, I got back in the vehicle and [he] started to go back to the other side and asked Steven to get out of the vehicle. Steven kept saying the door wouldn’t open and that was a lie.”
During that time Castro-Miles said Wiggins threatened her and her children.
Castro-Miles continued, “All of a sudden, I saw Steven’s arm came across and his elbow hit my throat and he said to me, ‘If you say anything or you scream, it will be your next.’ So, I kept my mouth shut, and he threatened my kids as well, so I kept my mouth shut.”
“All I heard was the gunshots and I remember him getting out of the car and hearing more gunshots and him running back to the car getting his backpack and telling me to get my car out of there, but my car had a flat tire and wasn’t going anywhere.”
“All I heard was gunshots. As I looked in the side mirror I saw the deputy run to the back of the vehicle and Steven got out of the vehicle and hearing more gunshots – I heard it, but I didn’t see it. I didn’t know he was going to do this. I didn’t know he had a gun. He told me and swore up and down that he got rid of it,” she said.
Castro-Miles said her life depended on running, so she ran.
“He took the deputy’s car and left,” she told News 2.
When asked if she was high at the time, the woman said no.
“It was in my system, but I hadn’t done anything for a couple of days,” she said, adding, “I was hiding because I was scared. When I came out, I didn’t care anymore as long as I was safe. I gave them everything and anything they wanted – his phone, everything. Like I said, I didn’t know he would do anything like this. I didn’t know he had a gun.”
Castro-Miles said after everything happened she hid in some woods that she was unfamiliar with until a man found her hiding under his out building.
“She said, ‘I’m lost – trying to get back to the main road,” the man previously told News 2.
Castro-Miles has three children – ages 17, 19 and 21.
Sgt. Daniel Baker was laid to rest last Tuesday. Thousands of people attended his funeral and burial.
He leaves behind a wife and young daughter.
From jail, Castro-Miles apologized to the Baker family.
“I am so sorry,” she said. “I don’t know what else to say. It just hurts. I’m so sorry to know that this little girl won’t have her dad around. I’m so sorry this is happening. You had to lose a husband and a son and a brother and a baby girl who won’t have her dad. Those are the most important things in a girl’s life. My dad was my life. I’m so sorry.”
She and Steven Wiggins are both charged with first-degree murder.