Abuse-case child back in foster careA 6-year-old West...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

July 08, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Abuse-case child back in foster care

A 6-year-old West Baltimore boy who was removed Sunday from the home in which he was allegedly abused and underfed was again taken from relatives yesterday and placed in foster care.

The Baltimore Department of Social Services removed Maurice Royster from the care of his great-grandmother, Eugenia Harrington, citing concerns over the extent to which other family members may have known of the alleged abuse and failed to alert authorities.

The alleged abuse was reported to police Sunday by two 14-year-old girls, Maurice's twin aunts and the daughters of the woman accused of the abuse. The girls told police their mother beat Maurice, often locked him in the basement and repeatedly failed to feed him.

On Sunday, police took Maurice, who weighs only 24 pounds, from his grandmother's home in the 1500 block of N. Payson St. His grandmother, Yvonne Johnson, 46, and her boyfriend, James Carroll, 55, have been charged with child abuse and battery.

On Monday, the Juvenile Court placed Maurice and a 5-year-old sister in the temporary custody of their great-grandmother.

But yesterday, protective services workers, accompanied by police, fetched Maurice and his sister.

"They feel somebody in the family knew" about the alleged abuse, Mrs. Harrington said she had been told by the officials. She said they told her the children would be in foster care until the investigation of the alleged abuse was completed.

Social services officials also placed in foster care the twins who had been in the custody of a brother. The social services agency would not comment on that case, citing confidentiality laws.

Five workers were injured today at a subway construction site near Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The 5:30 a.m. accident apparently involved a runaway work train at the subway extension at Jefferson Street and Broadway. The most serious injury was a fractured hand , said fire Capt. Hector Torres. The injured were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Marylans Medical Center, he said.

Anne Arundel County:

An Annapolis law firm breached no ethical rules by representing both Woodward & Lothrop Inc. and Annapolis Mall as they fought over the mall's right to expand, a county Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday.

After nearly eight hours of testimony, Judge Eugene M. Lerner denied Woodies' motion to stop Linowes & Blocher from representing Annapolis Mall Limited Partnership, the mall's owner, as the mall expands with a Nordstrom department store and 45 smaller stores.

For the past two decades, testimony showed, the firm also has handled real estate and tax appeal cases for Woodies, which operates a store in Parole Plaza and has launched a campaign against mall expansion plans.

Judge Lerner found none of the work the firm performed for Woodies substantially related to the firm's land-use work for the mall. And he disagreed with Woodies' attorneys, ruling that the retailer faced no risk of having confidential information used against it in the mall dispute.

Baltimore County:

Carol L. Hirschburg has been replaced as Baltimore County spokeswoman by former State Police spokesman Chuck Jackson.

Ms. Hirschburg, director of the Office of Communications since County Executive Roger B. Hayden took office in December 1990, will remain on the executive's staff. She had earned $66,000 a year but will take a still undetermined pay cut and will lose her county car.

Mr. Jackson was fired in mid-June by the acting State Police superintendent, Col. Larry Tolliver, for what was termed a failure to meet work expectations.

Mr. Jackson will earn $58,000 a year as county spokesman.

Mr. Hayden said he had made the change because he wants residents to know more about what their government is doing.

Carroll County:

The 14-year-old recycling center on Md. 97 could fall victim to the county's curbside program, which began last week.

County government plans to close the center, north of Westminster, within six months. As curbside recycling becomes available, officials say, volume at the center will decrease considerably from the average of 225 tons a month.

The move would eliminate the jobs of six developmentally disabled workers and two supervisors.

The Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens has operated the center since 1984. During the past year, the association got a $79,000 county contract, which covered operating costs. The county retained the right to resell the recyclables.

Timothy J. Atkinson, association executive director, said the six workers will return to the CCARC's sheltered workshop after the center closes.

Employment for the full-time job coach and part-time center manager depend on whether the association can win another job contract, he said.

Harford County:

A Churchville man was killed last night when his car collided with another car in Darlington.

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