Girl, 7, is found slain in apartment in West Baltimore

December 18, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A 7-year-old girl was found slain early today in an apartment in a West Baltimore public housing high-rise, according to police.

Police were withholding the name of the victim and were awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman, said police were summoned to the Lexington Terrace Apartments at 8:20 this morning for a report of a dead person.

When they went to the apartment on the 14th floor, they were met by the victim's mother, who led them to a bedroom where the 7-year-old girl, who was clothed in a nightgown, was found dead.

Police said there was no visible trauma to the victim.

The 24-year-old mother said that she did not hear anything unusual in the apartment and that her twin 2-year-old daughters were unharmed. She and her children have lived in the apartment since July 1991.

"At this point it does appear that foul play was involved," Mr. Ringgold said.

The victim's mother was taken to police headquarters for questioning.

The slaying occurred just a block from the Murphy Homes, where a 9-year-old girl was found murdered this past summer. That case remains unsolved.

Bill Toohey, spokesman for the Housing Authority, said the Housing Authority provides civilian security in the lobby of the 14-story high-rise as well as random patrols by the Housing Authority Police. He said there were about 300 people living in 140 apartments.

This past September, Housing Authority Police conducted a drug sweep in the apartment building.

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