Bond hearing for suspect, 31, in Columbia death is postponed Man is accused of killing child, 6 HOWARD COUNTY

August 06, 1993|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Staff Writer

A bond hearing for the Columbia man charged with murdering a 6-year-old boy was waived early yesterday until a public defender could be chosen to represent him.

Anthony Lee Crawford, 31, of the 5100 block of Brook Way, is charged with killing Christopher Flye, of Nashville, Tenn.

The boy had been visiting Mr. Crawford, a family friend, for about two months when police received a 911 call that the child had stopped breathing Tuesday.

The boy, who was bruised and unconscious, was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital after medics were unable to revive him.

The state medical examiners office concluded Wednesday that Christopher died of "blunt force trauma to the head."

Mr. Crawford remains in the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bond on the charges of child abuse filed late Tuesday night.

Assistant public defender Jane McGough said a hearing to set bond on the murder charge will be scheduled later.

Results of an autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner are not complete, Howard County police said.

Police questioned Mr. Crawford's housemate, Kevin Scott, but said he was not home at the time of the incident.

Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Crawford called the 911 emergency number from his home in the Hannibal Grove Apartments in the Running Brook neighborhood.

Police said he reported that the child had stopped breathing, and medics took the boy to the hospital.

Police questioned Mr. Crawford Tuesday night about numerous bruises on Christopher's body and later charged him with child abuse.

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