Woman slain, baby OK

March 05, 1993

While a 19-year-old resident of the Scotts Level Apartments near Randallstown lay dead on a bed from a gunshot wound yesterday, her infant son crawled about on the floor unharmed, Baltimore County police said.

E. Jay Miller, a police spokesman, said homicide detectives were seeking clues to the murder of Edna Coates, whose body was found at 6 p.m. yesterday by a male friend when he entered her apartment in the 4600 block of Debilen Circle. Police would not identify the man.

Mr. Miller said Miss Coates had been shot at least once in the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crawling on the floor when the man entered the apartment was the woman's 9-month-old boy. The uninjured infant was turned over to relatives of the mother.

Mr. Miller said No gun was found at the scene, Mr. Miller said, and the apartment showed no signs of forced entry. It was not immediately known if any property was taken, he said.

Anyone with information about the slaying is urged to call the county police at 887-2198.

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