Hot Coffee Burns 11-month-old Girl

Police, fire log

January 06, 1991

An 11-month old Sykesville child was in stable condition Friday at the Francis Scott Key Burn Center in Baltimore after she was burned athome when hot coffee accidentally spilled on her.

Amelia Hall, ofthe 840 block of Windriver Drive, sustained second-degree burns New Year's Day over 9 percent of her body, the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services said. A spokesman said the child pulled the coffee pot from a kitchen counter, spilling the hot beverage on herself.

County fire and rescue workers arrived at the home at about 7:30 p.m. After receiving emergency treatment, the child was taken by Maryland State Police to the burn center.


One party-goer who was shot and another who was injured by abaseball bat during a New Year's Eve party in Columbia were releasedfrom the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore last week.

County police charged three men after the incident at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 during a party at an apartment in the 6600 block of Shady Grove Court in the village of Hickory Ridge.

Charged with assault with intent to murder and breaking and entering were Damon Lamont Brooks, 20, of the 6300 block of Scarlet Petal, Owen Brown village, and Darren Anthony Smith, 24, of the 9300 block of Kenbrook Court, Laurel. Charged with breaking and entering was Darrell Eugene Matthews, 18, of Severn, police said.

Police spokesman Sgt. GaryL. Gardner said the victims were assaulted after asking four people to leave a party at the apartment. The four left, but three returned a short time later and forced their way into the residence, he said.

Police identified the victims as Reginald Walters, 15, of the 9500block of Mellenbrook Road, Oakland Mills, who was struck in the headwith a baseball bat, and Sherman Brooks, 22, of Baltimore, who was shot in the back with a .22-caliber handgun.

A spokeswoman for shock trauma said Brooks was discharged from the hospital Wednesday and Walters returned to his home on Friday.

Another party earlier on New Year's Eve left two Columbia residents with gunshot injuries after an altercation with a man denied admission to a party in the Copperstone apartments in the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road, Oakland Mills village, county police said.

Friday, police charged a 17-year-old male, of the 400 block of Melvin Avenue in Baltimore, with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, a handgun violation and relatedcharges, in connection with the incident. He was held without bond Friday at the county jail.

The victims at that party were identified as James Ricardo Douglas and Harold Lemar Starks, both 19 and both of the Copperstone apartments. Douglas was taken to shock trauma and Starks to Howard County General Hospital.

A spokeswoman for HowardCounty General reported Starks was discharged last week. Douglas waslisted in serious but stable condition at shock trauma.

County police reported that a teen-ager went to the party with several other people. They were denied admission because the party-goers did not know them.

Police said that as the youth and his companions were leaving, he became involved in an altercation with the victims, who were entering the party. The two people who were arriving were shot, and ayouth fled on foot, police said.


A New Year's Day fire has forced a family from their Highland home, causing $60,000 in damages to the two-story house, accordingto county fire and rescue services.

The house, in the 1300 block of Brighton Dam Road, was vacant when the fire began at about 11:40 a.m. A neighbor alerted the fire department to the scene. Fire officials said Sandy Simpson, a resident of the house, encountered some of the eight fire trucks on the way to the house as she returned home from work. Damage from the fire was limited to the living room and second floor, plus water and smoke damage throughout the house.

The blaze probably was caused by a clogged flue in a wood stove on the ground floor, said fire department authorities.

Simpson and two children have been staying with family and friends in the area. *


Two vehicles were destroyed by fire New Year's Day in a four-car accident at the traffic light on Route 29 near Seneca Drive in Columbia, county fire and rescue services said.

Nanousa Sidhu of the 3900 block of New Castle Drive in Ellicott City was driving north on Route 29 when her Mercedes-Benz collided witha Dodge Ram Charger stopped in front of her, rupturing the Dodge's gas tank. The Dodge struck two additional vehicles in the adjacent lane.

Sidhu was charged with failing to reduce speed in order to avoid a collision, said county police spokesman Sgt. Gary L. Gardner. Seven people were taken by ambulance to Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital for an evaluation of minor and moderate injuries.

The total estimated damage to the two cars is $54,000.


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