Dundalk teen charged with murdering son Baby, 20 months, died of blunt trauma

January 03, 1992|By Roger Twigg 8

A 16-year-old Dundalk girl was charged as an adult yesterday with the murder of her 20-month-old son two days before Christmas, according to Baltimore County police.

Latonya T. Crawford was arrested about 11 a.m. at her home in the 800 block of Jaydee Avenue, where she resides with a relative, and then taken to the North Point precinct and charged with first-degree murder, according to Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokes- man.

A District Court commissioner ordered the girl -- a single parent -- held on $50,000 bond.

A bail review hearing is to be held by a District Court judge today.

The charge came more than a week after the death of Todd Terrell Crawford and followed an assistant state medical examiner's decision to rule the death a homicide, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

An autopsy showed the youngster died as a result of blunt-force trauma to the abdomen.

The infant was taken to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center on Dec. 23 and died the same day.

Detectives looking into the baby's death were able to determine that he had been injured a couple of days prior to being taken to the hospital when he was "grabbed and pushed into a stroller," Sergeant Doarnberger said.

He added that the child was shoved into the stroller because he refused to remain there.

Police also confirmed that they were summoned to the young mother's house in June and October of last year to look into reports of possible child abuse.

At the time of her arrest, Miss Crawford was attending Dundalk Senior High School under a special program for pregnant and unwed mothers, police said.

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