A Columbia man asked a Howard County judge for psychiatric help today after being charged with kidnapping an 11-year-old Columbia boy at knifepoint and raping him.
Michael David Blum, 26, of the 5700 block of High Tor Hill in the Village of Long Reach, is charged with a first-degree sex offense, kidnapping, assault and a weapons offense in an incident that occurred yesterday afternoon.
Howard County police said Blum approached the boy, who was fishing at a pond in Long Reach about 2 o'clock, and asked him a question about fishing. Police said Blum then displayed a long hunting knife.
Blum allegedly forced the boy into his car, drove the youngster to the boy's home and sexually assaulted him.
According to charging documents filed in the county's District Court, Blum removed the boy's clothing inside the home and attacked him. He then took the boy to an upstairs bedroom and tied him to a bed with a belt and a heating pad cord, the document said.
At one point, he bit the boy on the scrotum and hit him on the head and chest, according to the charges.
Detective Donna Chaney reported that, when she arrived at the boy's home, he was naked and bleeding. He was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated for bruises and abrasions. The scrotum wound required eight stitches, charging documents said.
Blum surrendered to police. Court documents say he admitted assaulting the boy and corroborated details of the boy's version of the incident.
During a bail hearing today, Judge R. Russell Sadler affirmed the decision of a court commissioner who had ordered Blum held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center.
Mary Reese, an assistant state's attorney, said Blum does not have a criminal record, but she asked the court not to release him.
"The state has great concerns regarding the safety of the citizens of Maryland, especially the safety of this young boy," Reese said.
Blum asked Sadler to send him to a psychiatric hospital for treatment. The judge refused, saying that the request was inappropriate at a bail hearing and should be made later.