Suspect in boy's slaying is arrested in Georgia

January 17, 1991|By Robert Hilson Jr. and William B. Talbott | Robert Hilson Jr. and William B. Talbott,Evening Sun Staff

A 28-year-old West Baltimore woman, charged in a warrant in the Jan. 5 beating death of 2-year-old Dion Dixon in Baltimore, has been arrested in Georgia.

Verlinda Timmons, of the 1600 block of Druid Hill Ave., was arrested late yesterday afternoon at a house in Valdosta, city police said.

The house where Timmons was arrested is the home of relatives of her husband, Keith Anthony Hamlin, 28, who also has been charged in a warrant in the boy's death. Dion died of severe head injuries.

Police said Timmons, daughter of the child's foster mother, and Hamlin were watching the boy at their Druid Hill Avenue home two days before his death.

Police said Timmons called her mother and said Dion had fallen while trying to climb a fire escape in the rear of the house.

She said the boy suffered no injuries from the fall. The boy was later returned to his foster mother.

However, the next night the child's foster mother was unable to awaken him and called an ambulance, which took him to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said that when the boy arrived at the hospital he was unconscious and showed signs of a beating. He remained in intensive care and later died of massive brain swelling.

Police said Dion had numerous injuries to his head and body and may have been burned with cigarettes.

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