Young girl found slain in high-rise Mother, baby sisters are not harmed

December 19, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

A 7-year-old girl was found slain early yesterday in her mother's apartment in a West Baltimore public housing high-rise, city police reported.

Police identified the victim as Tanisha Hope Allen.

The cause of the girl's death was not immediately determined, and her body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Officers went to a 14th-floor apartment in the Lexington Terrace project about 8:20 a.m. yesterday after receiving a report that someone had died there, said Sam Ringgold, a city police spokesman.

The officers said they were met by the girl's mother, who led them to a bedroom where the child's body lay, clothed in a nightgown.

There were no visible signs of trauma, police said.

The mother, who is 24, told police that she did not know how or why her daughter had been killed.

Police said neither the woman nor her 2-year-old twin daughters, who also were in the apartment, were harmed.

The apartment had a broken window, but the woman said she had heard nothing unusual during the night, police said.

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

Homicide detectives were interviewing the woman at police headquarters last night.

Bill Toohey, the Housing Authority spokesman, said there are 140 units in the building located at 221 N. Fremont Ave., and about 300 residents live there.

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