Couple is sought after boy, 2, dies of head trauma

January 07, 1991|By Ginger Thompson

Police were searching for a West Baltimore couple yesterday in connection with the death of a 2-year-old foster child from severe head injuries.

Officials at the pediatric trauma unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital said Dion Dixon died Saturday night from massive brain swelling. They said he had suffered a blow to the head and had bruises all over his body when he arrived at the hospital Friday afternoon.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of Verlinda Timmons, 28, and her boyfriend, Keith Anthony Hamlin, 27, both of the 1600 block of Druid Hill Avenue.

Police said that the toddler had lived in a foster home in the 700 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard but that the youngster had been left in the care of Ms. Timmons, the daughter of his guardian, Bessie Timmons.

Ms. Timmons called her mother Thursday and said that Dion had been playing near the rear of her third-floor apartment and had fallen from the fire escape to the cement. But Ms. Timmons insisted that the baby seemed fine, police reported.

But the next day, Ms. Timmons told police, she was unable to awaken the baby, and she called an ambulance Friday night.

When Dion arrived at Johns Hopkins he was comatose, hospital officials said.

Detectives said an investigation showed no evidence Dion had been playing in the rear of Ms. Timmons' apartment. Instead, police said, neighbors reported they had heard a child screaming inside the apartment.

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