A Laurel woman, her 7-year-old son and their dog were found slain inside their apartment yesterday morning. And the woman's live-in boyfriend, claiming, "I killed them all," was arrested at the bloody scene, police said.
Officers also seized a collection of handguns and hunting knives stashed inside the apartment.
When Howard County police responded to a trouble call yesterday morning at the Whiskey Bottom Apartments, they met Melvin McMains, 36, walking out of a ground-floor apartment.
Officers said that the man looked at them and said, "I killed them all. I have sinned."
Inside the apartment in the 9100 block of Bourbon Street, TC officers found the body of Caria A. Roth, in her mid-30s; her son, Christopher; and the family dog all lying next to one another on the living room floor.
Ms. Roth had been shot, and Christopher's body was covered with stab wounds, police said.
They added that both mother and son were clothed in casual attire.
Police did not say how the dog had been killed.
Police were not sure yesterday exactly when the killings took place, but a next-door neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said that it apparently happened early in the morning.
"I heard it happen. I heard gunshots," she said.
Other neighbors apparently heard gunshots, too, about 5 a.m., police said.
Officers arrested Mr. McMains and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder and a handgun violation last night. He was being held without bail at the Howard County detention center.
Police said that a search of the apartment yielded a quantity of suspected PCP -- a hallucinogenic drug -- as well as a number of handguns, a rifle, a shotgun and a cache of hunting knives.
The killings left neighbors shaken in the otherwise quiet apartment complex.
David Wells, another next-door neighbor who has lived in his apartment for about three years, woke up yesterday morning and opened his curtains to see a fleet of police cars and vans. "This has been a very strange Sunday morning," he said.
In Baltimore, meanwhile, homicide detectives reported the city's 14th killing of the new year -- a shooting in the 2000 block of Edmondson Avenue late Saturday that left one man dead and three people wounded.
Police identified the latest victim as David Washington, 29, of the 5300 block of Cordelia Avenue. He was sitting in a car with Eric Brown, 21, and William Myers, 20, about 11:30 p.m. when the gunfire erupted.
Mr. Myers had opened his door to go to a nearby store, police said, when three unknown people approached the car, flashed handguns and began firing.
Mr. Washington was shot fatally in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr. Myers, who lives in the 5200 block of Cuthbert Avenue, was injured when a bullet grazed his head. He was listed in stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Mr. Brown, a resident of the 3600 block of West Belvedere Avenue, was wounded in the right side of his chest and was listed in good condition at University Hospital.
Also wounded was a 17-year-old girl who was using a pay phone at the corner of Edmondson Avenue and Pulaski Street when struck in the leg by a stray bullet.
Antoinette Brown, of the 1300 block of North Fulton Avenue, was listed in fair condition at Sinai Hospital. Police said no suspects had been arrested in the shooting and the motive was uncertain.
Meanwhile, detectives identified another homicide victim -- a man whose body was found in the back seat of a parked car in a lower Charles Village alley Saturday afternoon.
Brian Terrell Bailey, 22, of the 4600 block of Pen Lucy Road, had been shot at least once in the left side of his neck, below the ear. Police said it appeared he had been sitting in the driver's seat when he was shot late Friday or early Saturday, and his body was moved to the back seat.
The killing apparently went undiscovered until the body was noticed by a woman walking her dog in the 2400 block of Hunter Street -- the alleyway between Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue.
Police said they also have identified a woman found dead Thursday in a trash bin in Northwest Baltimore but declined to divulge the name pending notification of relatives, who have not been found. They did, however, say that the victim lived in Baltimore and had apparently been strangled.