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Report: Kidnapping suspect has long record

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Courtesy of Round Rock Police Department / Center for Missing and Exploited Children Courtesy of Round Rock Police Department / Center for Missing and Exploited Children

A man being sought in connection with two missing Texas girls has a long criminal history in Calcasieu Parish, KPLC reports. 

Terry Miles, 44, is also considered a person of interest in the death of the girls' mother.

Miles was once arrested on an attempted second-degree murder charge in Calcasieu and is still considered a person of interest in a 2014 homicide and a 2015 rape case, KPLC reports. 

An Amber Alert was issued for the girls after their mother, Tonya Bates, was found dead in their home in Round Rock, Texas, Sunday.

The girls are believed to be with Miles and in grave danger, according to Texas officials.

Authorities are searching for 14-year-old Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Margaret. Griffith was born on May 17, 2003, and is 5 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds, has light brown hair and brown eyes. She has a right nose stud and braces.

Bandera-Margaret was born on Jan. 31, 2010, and is 4-foot-5 inches tall. She is around 75 lbs, has curly brown hair and brown eyes. She is wearing unknown clothing.

Calcasieu Sheriff's Office officials tell KPLC they've been dealing with Miles since 2006.

"He's a man well known amongst law enforcement for multiple cases of domestic abuse and drugs," Sheriff Tony Mancuso said. "He's the primary suspect in two cases still open."

Mancuso says Miles came to Sulphur from California in 2006 to live with his mother. - He was already on parole in California. 

Of the 12 arrests made by the Sheriff's Office and Sulphur police between 2009 and 2015, four arrests were for domestic abuse - he was charged in three of those cases.

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats told KPLC that Miles was arrested for attempted second-degree murder.

"He tried to strangle her and staged a potential suicide by trying to hang her with the sheet," Coats said.

The charges were dropped according to Coats because the witness was unable to testify.

To read Miles' full criminal history in Calcasieu Parish, check out the KPLC story here

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