Woman, 31, found strangled

June 30, 1991|By Gary Gately HC

A 31-year-old Irvington woman was strangled and shoved into a closet at her apartment as her three young children slept in a nearby room, police said yesterday.

Relatives who arrived at Brenda Brown's first-floor apartment in the 4300 block of Connecticut Avenue in Southwest Baltimore found her in a living room closet just before 9 a.m. yesterday, police said.

Police suspect that she was strangled during a dispute.

Homicide Detective Mark Tomlin said police were seeking Kevin Bennett of the 700 block of Cator Avenue in Guilford for questioning. Mr. Bennett, 27, had lived at the apartment and is the father of Ms. Brown's children, police said.

Detective Tomlin said Ms. Brown's three children -- Keon Bennett, 10 months; Kierra Bennett, 2; and Jamal Spencer, 7 -- apparently slept through the slaying.

"When they went to bed, their mom was there with them, alive," he said. "They woke up this morning, and their mom was gone. But they didn't know anything had happened to her."

Joseph Hall, who lives in the building, said the children were taken from the apartment yesterday by Ms. Brown's mother.

He described Ms. Brown as a friendly woman who got along well with her neighbors and took good care of her children.

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