Suspect in deaths alleged to have history of violence CECIL COUNTY

January 07, 1993|By Bruce Reid and Carol L. Bowers | Bruce Reid and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writers

The man suspected in Monday's slaying of his wife and daughter in Cecil County has a history of domestic violence, including allegations of an attempt to kill his first wife and daughter 12 years ago, court records show.

Daniel Floyd Hanby's first wife, Roberta Hanby Banks, told a social worker in 1980 that Mr. Hanby tried to kill her and the couple's daughter, court records say. Ms. Banks and her daughter, Fawn, twice stayed at the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women in Baltimore, the records show.

"She said she was always talked out of pressing charges," a social worker wrote of Ms. Banks.

Ms. Banks also was treated at Harford Memorial Hospital after Mr. Hanby allegedly attacked her and grabbed the baby, court records said.

The couple divorced after 2 1/2 years of marriage after Mr. Hanby reportedly drove Ms. Banks and Fawn on U.S. 1 across the Conowingo Dam at 100 mph in a "drunken rage," court records said.

No charges have been filed in Monday's slayings of Penney Hanby, 32, Mr. Hanby's second wife, and the couple's 8-year-old daughter, Deanna.

The bodies of the woman and her daughter were found in the Hanby home on Firetower Road, near Port Deposit. Police consider Mr. Hanby, who also was shot once in the abdomen, a suspect.

Mr. Hanby, 36, was in serious but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, recovering from an apparently self-inflicted wound.

Mrs. Hanby was reportedly seeking a divorce.

Court records show that Mrs. Hanby filed a battery charge against Mr. Hanby in June 1991. The case was put on the inactive docket -- meaning it was never prosecuted -- by Cecil County District Judge James C. McKinney.

That action, taken at the request of the county state's attorney's office, came after Mr. Hanby agreed to get psychiatric help.

Shortly before the battery charge was placed on the inactive docket, the judge issued an order intended to protect Mrs. Hanby from domestic violence. Judge McKinney said that Mrs. Hanby filed a petition for the protective order.

"I did everything under the sun . . . to help the situation," Judge McKinney said.

"There's no way that you can Monday-morning quarterback this and say you could have seen it coming," Judge McKinney said.

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