Search for child reported seen on creek is fruitless

May 18, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Rescue workers and dogs searched unsuccessfully for seven hours yesterday after reports that a baby wrapped in a blanket and seated in a child carrier was floating down Deep Run Creek in Elkridge Sunday night.

Two people reported seeing the baby.

"Nothing has been located -- no child, no carrier, no blanket," said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell, Howard County fire and rescue spokesman.

Police said there have been no reports of missing children in Howard, Baltimore or Anne Arundel counties.

The initial search began about 6 p.m. Sunday at Dorsey Road and O'Connor Drive near the Howard-Anne Arundel county line, Chief Howell said.

Edward Carter, 27, of the 6900 block of Dorsey Road, reported hearing a baby cry while he was gardening, Chief Howell said.

"He raced over to the creek and saw a baby with blond hair. First he thought it was a doll in a carrier," Chief Howell said. But when he saw the baby raise its head, Mr. Carter tried to get into the creek, he said.

When he did not succeed, Mr. Carter called 911. More than 50 people from 21 police and fire departments in Howard, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties responded and began searching the 6-mile-long creek. A Maryland State Police helicopter also was used.

Rescue workers searched about one mile of the creek, Chief Howell said. Because of darkness and rough currents, the search ended shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

The search resumed at 8:30 a.m. yesterday, with three dogs from Baltimore and Montgomery counties and seven rescue workers searching two miles at the southern part of the creek, Chief Howell said. They ended the search about 3:30 p.m. after finding nothing.

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