Suspect held in kidnapping of 6-year-old as charges filed include sexual assault
At first it seemed that 6-year-old Lindsay Michelle Saxon had been returned to her family unharmed after being abducted near her home in Glen Burnie. But that happy belief soon changed.
Dale LeRoy Knight, who turned himself in to Anne Arundel County police, was charged with offenses that included one second-degree sexual assault count. Although Lindsay told detectives and her parents that she had not been harmed, Mr. Knight told police that he molested the first-grader, according to the charging documents. Lindsay escaped from her abductor when his car bogged down in a wooded area and he let her go to a Howard County home to use the bathroom. She told adults there she had been kidnapped. "We are joyous to have her back, but now things have changed, and we are very upset and hurt," said Daniel Saxon, Lindsay's father. Anne Arundel District Judge Joseph Manck revoked bail for Mr. Knight, who is also accused of trying to abduct two other girls and has a court record of previous violence. Neighbors of the suspect's mother expressed shock at the charges.
Governor halts layoff plan--for now
Gov. William Donald Schaefer backed away Friday from his deficit-propelled proposal of layoffs for as many as 1,800 workers. Mr. Schaefer had proposed the layoffs to reduce the remaining $242 million budget deficit, and rejected alternatives proposed by legislative leaders who said they thought they might be able to squeeze enough money out of this year's budget to save most of the jobs. After meeting on Friday with House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. and Senate President Mike V. Miller Jr., Mr. Schaefer said: "We now find that it is possible by melding the plan developed by the governor with certain portions of the plan developed by the [Assembly] leadership to contain the 1991 shortfall without layoffs at this time."
The legislative leaders had proposed several measures, including compelling employees to take days off without pay and delaying or killing projects such as Mr. Schaefer's plan to build a conference center and golf course at Rocky Gap. But Mr. Schaefer said earlier that those ideas would do little to resolve the state's long-range financial problems because most of them called for one-time reductions in the current budget year. The state faces a projected $204 million deficit in fiscal year 1992. And the governor had said proposals to back the economic development loan, grant and incentive programs would "devastate our ability to move forward in the months to come."
Other shoe drops with Hopkins AIDS suit
The case of the Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon who died of AIDS wound up in court at last when a former patient sued the hospital and the doctor's estate for $32 million for failing to disclose his illness. The suit, filed in Baltimore Circuit Court by the former patient, Perry Mahoney Rossi, and her husband, Dennis T. Rossi, claims that the doctor, Rudolph Almaraz, was obliged to tell patients of his disease and that the hospital should have known he had AIDS. A claim identical to the suit was filed with the state Health Claims Arbitration Office, which handles malpractice claims, while another patient filed a similar suit the next day. "Under the law, a physician has to obtain informed consent. He should have told her he had AIDS," said the Rossis' lawyer, Jonathan Schochor. Replying to the suit, Paul Rosenberg, the hospital's attorney, said that there are no laws requiring hospitals to discover and disclose that doctors or other workers are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome and that there are laws prohibiting HIV testing of anyone, patient or employee, without their informed consent.
Meanwhile, the Governor's Advisory Council on AIDS planned to issue a statement saying it believes that there are no cases in which a health worker transmitted the disease to a patient.
Hopkins modifies plan for drug, alcohol tests