Arundel teen held in slaying of son

January 18, 1991

A 17-year-old Pasadena youth today was charged as an adult in the beating death of his 13-month-old son.

Michael Lewis Crockett, of the 700 block of 215 St., has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Christopher Lewis Krauss.

Anne Arundel County police said Christopher was taken to North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie by ambulance shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said Crockett admitted hitting Christopher about the head. Then, Christopher went "lifeless," Crockett told police. Police said they had no motive for the beating.

Crockett was caring for his son when the beating occurred. Christopher's mother is a 16-year-old student at Northeast High School in Pasadena.

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