'She felt she killed a snake' Woman charged with slaying abuse suspect

June 02, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

A Glen Burnie woman, angered by the pace of a child abuse investigation, took the law into her own hands Sunday by gunning down the suspect, police charge.

Arletta Mary Moore, 29, of the 300 block of Rose Ave. was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held for psychiatric observation yesterday in the death of Dawn Renee Meyers, 31.

"She made a statement that she did not kill a human, she felt she killed a snake," Anne Arundel County Police Detective Pat Riordan said during a bail review hearing in District Court.

Ms. Meyers was shot twice in the chest while working in the kitchen of the Millersville Inn. Detective Riordan said that Ms. Moore told him she had felt that she was killing four people who had abused her.

District Judge Clayton Greene ordered the psychiatric testing for the defendant.

The alleged child abuse involved the 6-year-old son of a friend of Ms. Moore. The friend said after the hearing that she had complained three months ago to county police that Ms. Meyers had sexually abused her son while baby-sitting with him in 1990.

But the case stalled when the boy, who is in counseling, couldn't relate the story of the alleged abuse to police, explained his mother, who now lives in Crofton. The mother is not being identified to protect her son's identity.

The woman said Ms. Moore was aware of the allegations of abuse and was extremely upset.

"She thought everyone got away with this," the woman said. "She knew the kind of hurt the children go through."

Ms. Moore apparently complained at least twice about Ms. Meyers to police and the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, police reported, but social service workers closed the case because of a lack of evidence.

Sgt. Robert Jaschik, head of the homicide unit, said police still are investigating the abuse allegations.

According to investigators, Ms. Moore walked into the Millersville Inn in the 8400 block of Veterans Highway at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, asked for Ms. Meyers, then walked into the kitchen.

When she was within 10 feet of Ms. Meyers, she pulled a .38 caliber handgun from her purse and fired four shots, two of which struck Ms. Meyers, police said.

Police said Ms. Moore walked out of the restaurant, laid down the gun on the parking lot, then turned to walk north on Veterans Highway, where officers picked her up a short time later.

Ms. Meyers, of the 7200 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Ferndale, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m.

According to court records, Ms. Moore had been undergoing psychiatric treatment and was unemployed and living alone in the boarding house on Rose Avenue.

She has no criminal record.

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