City man convicted in baby's deathA 20-year-old East...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

September 15, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — City man convicted in baby's death

A 20-year-old East Baltimore man faces up to 25 years in prison after being convicted last night of manslaughter and child abuse in the fatal beating of his former girlfriend's 10 1/2 -month-old daughter.

A Baltimore Circuit Court jury deliberated for 45 minutes before convicting Tyrone Myrick, of the 2000 block of E. North Ave., in the Dec. 3 death of Renee Hicks. Her internal injuries were so severe a doctor likened them to the effects of being struck by a car.

The verdict came six days after Giselle Hicks, 20, of the 1200 block of Argyle Ave., pleaded guilty to manslaughter and child abuse in her daughter's death. It touched off an emotional scene in which Myrick's wailing mother momentarily collapsed.

Minutes later, sheriff's deputies had to step between Myrick family members and the dead girl's natural father and paternal grandmother. Edward Heath Jr., 24, the baby's father, said, "I'm happy. He took my daughter's life. They should take his."

Myrick, who was ordered held without bond until he is sentenced Oct. 28 by Judge Clifton J. Gordy, shook his head in disbelief after the verdict was announced.

Hicks, who faces up to 15 years in prison when she is sentenced Nov. 12, admitted slapping Renee for nibbling on an electrical cord. But she said Myrick hit the baby with a shoe and shook her against a wall when she wouldn't stop crying. After the baby stopped breathing, Hicks said, she conspired with Myrick to cover up the beatings. But the details of her story changed several times under questioning.

Hicks is free on her own recognizance to await sentencing. Sources said authorities took custody of her 2-month-old son Friday night. Her other child, a 2-year-old daughter, was placed in the custody of the Baltimore Department of Social Services in December.

While refusing to discuss details of the case, Sue Fitzsimmons, an agency spokeswoman, said authorities can seek a court order to gain custody of a child while an investigation is conducted.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has given another $250,000 for Hurricane Andrew relief efforts, bringing its total to $400,000.

The latest donation from the Baltimore charitable organization, one of the 20 largest in the country, will go to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The foundation already had given $100,000 to the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund and $50,000 to the Archdiocese of Miami.

Bail was set at $35,000 each yesterday for two men accused oattempting to break into the Guilford home of U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes last Friday night, authorities said.

Charged with attempted breaking and entering were Clarence Tyson, 33, of the 5100 block of St. Georges Ave., and Kirk Haley, 28, of the 1400 block of Mosher St.

Anne Arundel County:

A 96-year-old Eastport woman who uses a walker was knocked down and robbed over the weekend inside her home at Bert Jabin's boatyard.

Police said a man wearing a red coat and brown shorts broke into her home about midnight Saturday. When she got up to investigate, the man demanded money and then knocked her to the floor.

The man escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Police said the woman was not injured.

County Executive Robert R. Neall told a group of more than 10county employees yesterday that his administration is drafting a bill that will outlaw sexual harassment in the local government work force.

Mr. Neall decided to pursue the legislation shortly after a ninth woman came forward in July complaining of sexual harassment in the police department. Since February, five county police officers, including two captains and two sergeants, have been the subject of sexual harassment investigations. The legislation, which must be adopted by the County Council before becoming law, extends an order issued by Mr. Neall in January 1992, soon after he took office, prohibiting sexual harassment in the executive department.

Baltimore County:

A 52-year-old Fullerton motorcyclist died yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries sustained yesterday in a crash with a car driven by an 88-year-old man.

The accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. at Eastern Boulevard and Stevens Road in Middle River, Baltimore County police said.

The cyclist, Donald Ervin Quigg, of the 4200 block of Overton Ave., was driving a 1959 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on Eastern Boulevard when he crashed into the driver's side of a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Herman Letke, 88, of the 600 block of Eastern Ave.

Police said Mr. Letke was attempting to make a left turn to go west on Eastern Boulevard and that he failed to grant the right-of-way. Other traffic charges were pending, police said.

Harford County:

The 44-member staff of the county Office on Aging received the first Harford County Government Employee of the Month Award.

Workers were presented with certificates of appreciation, county pins, a plaque and a $100 check by County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann.

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